According to the New York Post, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said a few years back that “extreme conservatives…have no place in the state of New York,” is preparing to run for president in 2020. Cuomo has reportedly retained the services of two Florida-based consultants to assist him in building the war chest necessary to mount a viable candidacy.
One of the paper’s sources, identified only as a “Democratic operative,” said, “Hiring out-of-state fundraising staff, particularly in a battleground state, opens up money spigots beyond what would normally be available and is a key first step to laying the groundwork for a run.”
Although Cuomo has previously said he has no desire to run for higher office, there has been speculation that since the Democrats fared so poorly in the last election, the governor has reconsidered that position. Indeed, some think Cuomo’s historical denials about running for president were made largely out of deference to Hillary Clinton, viewed by many Democrats at the time as the heir apparent to President Obama.
“When Hillary Clinton was running he never wanted to have anyone speculate he’s running, but now the strategy is pretty different,” said former Cuomo aide Karen Hinton. “He is positioning himself to be seen as a liberal who can speak to a national audience.”
What remains to be seen is if there is any bona fide liberal who can “speak” to a national audience, given the current climate, in the way that Donald Trump spoke to many disaffected Americans the last time around. While hard-left Democrats have largely doubled-down on their rhetoric and obstructionism since November 8, recent poll numbers seem to indicate an increasing receptiveness among the national electorate to Trump and his policy efforts since he assumed office back in January.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large