When Fred Dicker of the New York Post talks, Albany listens. The tabloid’s hard-punching state editor has as much or more impact on state politics these days — between his newspaper blasts and his daily radio show — as any capitol power broker. But Dicker’s prediction in his “Inside Albany” column this morning that Andrew Cuomo is likely to announce his gubernatorial candidacy at a $1,000-a-ticket fundraiser next week reads like a belated April Fools joke.
The Cuomo fundraiser is skedded for the Waldorf Astoria on April 28. That part fits the time-frame of the long-anticipated announcement, now expected the end of this month or early May. But launching your campaign at a glitzy gala of wealthy lobbying types (some of them shelling out $25,000 to dine with the likely next governor) doesn’t exactly promote the reform message Cuomo is likely to try and project as a candidate.
That said, the fundraiser campaign launch is only the second worst idea proposed today for Cuomo’s campaign. The other one comes from former Bronx boro prez Adolfo Carrion who reportedly believes that he is the perfect candidate for Lieutenant Governor on a Cuomo ticket. “Sources close to Carrion [now, exactly how many of these are there?] confirm he’s been reaching out to Cuomo,” writes Liz Benjamin in the Daily News, who also has Albany’s attentive ear. The catch, Benjamin adds, is that Shy Guy Carrion “wants to be asked to run.” He shouldn’t hold his breath.
Carrion, the column notes, brings a little bit of baggage thanks to a News investigation last year that showed that Carrion failed to pay for work on his City Island home done by an architect who also happened to be working on several subsidized housing projects that got Carrion’s approval as Bronx beep.
That’s Bullet Number One rendering Carrion dead on arrival as potential Lt. Gov. Bullet Number Two is the point made by the same unnamed close Carrion sources who describe the would-be candidate as “bored working for the Obama administration as director of urban policy for the White House”. Now there’s a real recommendation for a man who wants to be mayor of Gotham some day: Brought into the administration of the first minority president as a point man on cities…and he’s bored. Right, everything’s fine with the cities. Nothing to do.