With barely 1,300 days left to the next elections, some players on the political chessboard are conducting maneuvers. Although it seems quite ridiculous for people to be preparing for a political race at this moment, the New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, sees that there’s no time like present. Although he insists that he is only focusing on his re-election bid in 2018, New York Post reports that he is making some early steps that are predictable for someone getting ready for such an effort. A curious move, perhaps, is the recent hiring of fundraisers in key swing state of Florida.
Gov. Cuomo has hired two Florida fundraisers, a sign he’s building a national network to launch a presidential bid, sources told The Post.
The two consultants — one is former Hillary Clinton money man Jon Adrabi — will help plan events and build relationships with Democratic donors in the key swing state, sources 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,” said one source, a Democratic operative, who said Cuomo’s plan is to hire political consultants with experience outside of New York.
Cuomo and his staff can make all the denials they like but it’s never been any real secret in the Empire State that he has had aspirations toward the presidency since he first got into politics. He’s been feathering his nest along those lines for quite some time, but especially since becoming governor. Has built a resume which seems specifically tailored to appeal to the furthest left factions in his party, much in keeping with the desires of the Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren wings of the party. He has, among other things, pushed through steep hikes in the minimum wage, gay marriage initiatives, gender equality rules and one of the most draconian laws in the country designed to suppress the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. These are all ribbons one might wish to pin upon their chest when seeking the Democratic nomination nearly four years from now.
Is Cuomo really the face that the young liberal lions of today’s Democratic Party? He may be speaking the language of current activists on many subjects, but he is still very much of the party’s old guard. His roots run deep into the old and frequently corrupt Democratic machine in New York and the many questions swirling around his dealmaking would likely leave a bad taste in the mouths of today’s younger, energized Democrats. But if that’s how he wants to spend his time and considerable campaign funds (currently over $22M and counting), who are we to deny him his hobbies?