It wasn’t that long ago that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo not only faced a massive COVID-19 scandal when it was revealed that he intentionally covered up death case numbers, but he also faced several accusations of sexual harassment. With both scandals burying any chance Cuomo had of running for President in 2024, the disgraced governor had no other option but to resign. And at the same time, there were even rumors that he abandoned his family dog. But while it appeared to be the end of Cuomo, who once had an Emmy award and book deal, the Democrat is apparently considering a run for the state attorney general position.
While absurd to even imagine Cuomo stepping back into the spotlight after the claims made against him, the New York Post reported, “In the last 24 hours, several of Cuomo’s confidants have mentioned — to both elected Democratic officials and party insiders — that Cuomo could run for attorney general in 2022. Current AG Letitia James has announced her candidacy for governor, leaving the role of AG wide open, these people contend.” The outlet added, “People in Cuomo’s orbit are tossing it out there,” a person with direct knowledge told The Post. “They’re floating it … and gauging people’s reactions.”
Causing a mountain of rumors, Cuomo spokesperson Rich Azzopardi denied the claims, saying, “There is a ton of idle speculation out there, and we can’t control if we continue to take up valuable real estate in people’s heads.”
Although Azzopardi might deny the claims, in October, the New York Times reported that another Democrat, Mayor Bill de Blasio, was telling people he was eyeing a run in 2022 for governor. “Mr. de Blasio, who has been a polarizing figure during his two terms in office, has also sounded out trusted former aides about their interest in working on a potential campaign, according to two people who are familiar with those contacts, and has made other overtures to labor leaders about a possible bid. His longtime pollster conducted a private survey to assess Mr. de Blasio’s appeal beyond New York City.”
No matter what Cuomo or de Blasio may think, Rich Schaffer, chairman of the county’s Democratic committee, said, “Osama bin Laden is probably more popular in Suffolk County than Bill de Blasio. De Blasio, I would say, would have zero support if not negative out here.”
This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on November 16, 2021. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used with permission.
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