He is NO Clinton……
When asked about a Presidential run in 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had this to say: "The speculation is flattering … On the other hand, it can be totally distracting … Once you start saying let’s start talking political, my own politics, my own aspirations, it can become not just distracting in that it takes time, but can become confusing and frustrating and is this now a political agenda or a governmental agenda? So it’s very important to me to honor my word to the people of this state and to preserve my relationship with the people of this state and what I am doing is about making this state the best state I can make it and being the best governor I can be, regardless of politics … that is really, really where I am in my heart. And that’s where I’m going to stay. I’m not going to allow myself to be pushed politically."
Remember, dad Mario was perceived as weak after he maintained what appeared to the public to be and indecisive posture about running for the highest office in the land. There are many who beleive he could have been elected, had he made a firm decision to go down that path.
The Hillary Factor
In 2016 she’d be 68, turning 69 the month before the November election, by no means too old for a bid. She’s long said that she plans to leave the State Department at the end of this term, even if Obama wins reelection, which would give her plenty of time to lay the groundwork for a run. (This from an excellent Hillary piece by Jay Newton-Small)
Cuomo's comments printed above came on the same day Mrs. Clinton - during her address to the crowd at Time's "100 Most Influential People" event at Lincoln Center - joked "Welcome to my announcement to run for president of Malta."
Small notes in her TIME article "... every joke, as they say, holds a kernel of truth."
Cuomo also made Time's prestigious list and also attended the dinner.
Hillary : "I was delighted to see our wonderful governor Andrew Cuomo is on the Time 100 list, along with others, like Marco Rubio, and ... the two of them and I have ended up on some other lists this past couple of months."
Obviously, Clinton was referring to the short list of potential presidential candidates four years from now.
The comments have started international speculation and conversation: what would happen if Clinton and Cuomo both ran for president?
This may be of significance: the New York Times reports "Obama campaign officials have asked the president’s elite donors and fund-raisers to donate to Mrs. Clinton’s defunct presidential campaign committee, with the goal of retiring $245,000 in debt left over from her 2008 White House bid. As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton is barred from engaging in political activity or actively fund-raising for herself."
Keep things in perspective at all times!
Four years ago it was a given that Hillary would run for and take the Democartic Presidential nomination. And remember the time Eliot Spitzer was inaugurated in an Albany gala that reminded this reporter of Palm Sunday?
So anything can happen between now and then, for either Andrew or Hillary. (Or both.)
Which politican has made the best out of the past several years? I would have to say Governor David paterson, who now hosts a remarkable radio program heard daily on 710 WOR.
Tags: Andrew Cuomo, Hillary Clinton, David Paterson, US Politics