The New York Post reported that associates of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo say he won’t run for president in 2016 if Hillary Clinton decides to run.
Gov. Cuomo has quietly told associates that he is resigned to the fact that he can’t run for president in 2016 if Hillary Rodham Clinton enters the race, as is widely expected, sources told The Post.
“The governor has told people in recent weeks that there’s not a chance for him to run if Hillary gets in the race because she’ll easily wrap up the Democratic nomination,’’ said a Cuomo administration insider with direct knowledge of the situation.
“He knows that and he accepts that, and so he won’t even be thinking at all in those terms — unless Hillary decides not to run, which seems unlikely,’’ the source continued. (Read More)
Many have assumed that Cuomo has had his eye on the White House, but Ed Morrissey thinks maybe he doesn’t have presidential ambitions after all.
But let’s say for the sake of argument that Cuomo was interested in a 2016 run for the big office. Why give Hillary Clinton veto control over his ambitions? She’ll be 69 in 2016, with only eight years in the Senate and four very questionable years as Secretary of State on which to run. The Benghazi mess may still erupt on her, especially now that more whistleblowers appear ready to talk about the terrorist attack and the Obama administration response to it. If John Kerry manages to do anything in the next three years, it will be more than Hillary accomplished in four. Plus, let’s not forget that the unstoppable Hillary coronation got derailed by a first-term Senate backbencher in 2008. Why would a governor of the second most populous state be intimidated by Hillary?
Cuomo started out trying to appear moderate, so it was assumed his hard turn to the left was an attempt to build up his left wing credentials before a primary. Maybe he’s just showing his true colors now that he feels invincible here in New York. Whatever’s going on in his head, just be happy if you never have to hear or utter the words “President Andrew Cuomo.” The gun control legislation he signed needs all sorts of fixes, his tax cap bill which was somewhat popular is a confusing mess with all sorts of loopholes, and just about everyone hates the tax giveaway incentivising employers to hire teenagers over adults and keep the teenagers at minimum wage. Those are just a few examples of his failed governance. There are plenty more, and everything he does is behind closed doors. It would be a pretty tough record to defend in a general election.