Although Albania’s insiders are focusing on Cuomo’s successor, Gov. Kathy Hochul, and New York’s newly elected mayor Eric Adams, they continue to talk privately and worry that Cuomo may run for office next year or at least use his significant remaining resources to affect critical races in the coming months.
“I think he will try,” he said state Assemblyman Yuh-line Niou (D-Manhattan). “I think he’s going to try a lot of things. He still has a lot of people in power in place – people who still benefit from helping him and are fighting for their political lives. But I think that there is less and less patience for that. “
The former governor has repeatedly tried to smear the names of women who accused him. In recently released transcripts from Attorney General Tish James’ investigation of the allegations, formerly Cuomo Assistant Charlotte Bennett said she was afraid of the behavior of the then governor and his staff after she stepped forward in the spring to accuse him of “grooming” her for sexual harassment.
“It makes my life really hard, and it’s simply uncomfortable that he can just choose to ruin my day because he decides to vomit bull —- in the middle of a press conference,” she told investigators. “But also that it’s simply detrimental to the investigation …. As a witness, it scares me, and that’s all I want to say.”
At the political level, Cuomo’s post-resignation behavior is a further obstacle for Democrats, as they appear to be recovering from a bad 2021. His presence could distort the governor’s race in 2022, even though he is not a candidate, and has left the crowd in the Capitol state in longing. to put the three-term Democrat behind him.
“I think Cuomo has always been very aggressive in trying to get his side out of how he feels about issues. But I think people in the state, we are ready to move on, move on.” said Assemblyman Carl Heastie at an annual New York Political Class meeting in Puerto Rico, just after Election Day. , people are at this point. “
But anyone who’s been around New York long enough knows that the argument is unlikely to affect Cuomo.
While social media accounts portray a carefree Hamptons angler with a new shaved beard, Cuomo’s now sparse staff, paid off by his large campaign box, has pushed hard, promote Allied statements, editorial articles questions James’ integrity and potential pockets of political support. His daughter Michaela urged his Twitter followers to “please read” a Substack article criticizing the media coverage of Cuomo’s scandals and referring to his resignation as “a manufactured #MeToo-style PR offensive. “
For weeks, his personal lawyer, Rita Glavin, has been urging the Attorney General’s Office to release full transcripts of the interviews conducted as part of the investigation earlier this year. When James did so on Wednesday, Glavin said the rollout was “slow-rolling,” “selective” and “disturbing” in light of recent criminal investigations. Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said the edited parts were intended to cover up political ties between James’ staff and the women who accused Cuomo.
“Of course we do not go away until the truth is revealed and we can not check whether some people have a bad conscience or whether we take up valuable real estate in the heads of others,” Azzopardi said when asked why Cuomo did not gone along with his former colleagues’ requests to move on. “AG abused her office and perpetuated a political hit job to her own advantage, which continued … as she selectively published transcripts that edited conflicts of interest involving her own chief of staff while spreading false and bad rumors and rumors.”
The Cuomo camp attack has not been directed at Hochul or her administration. The remaining few people in Cuomo’s corner – or those who have not completely distanced themselves from guessing his mind – say that if Cuomo wants to focus his attention on anyone, then it is James, the Attorney General, he hand-picked in 2018 to ask up in the Democrats. ticket he carried that year. Her investigation into his behavior sealed his death, and now she is running for governor in next year’s primary election.
What form any revenge can take is still unknown, and so is what he will do with his $ 18 million in remaining campaign cash. Cuomo told New York Magazine last week, “I do not know what the future holds.” Some former confidants has suggested that he could aim to his old attorney general’s office as James leaves the office. Others are wondering about yet another campaign for governor.
But taking part in a primary election against James or Hochul – or even his arch-enemy, Bill de Blasio – would be ridiculous, right? Maybe not.
“He’s crazy and he has a vendetta right now,” said a lawmaker who spoke anonymously to characterize their view of the often vengeful governor. “I would not put it past him.”
Develop what others see as a winning strategy That may not necessarily be the intention, said Democratic strategist Bruce Gyory.
A poll by Marist College last month indicated that Cuomo’s entry into a Democratic gubernatorial primary could actually change some dynamics, especially if the field expands (as expected) beyond its two current declared candidates – Hochul and James.
In a potential three-way race that includes New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who has laid the groundwork for a race, Hochul received 44 percent support among registered Democrats, James got 28 percent and Williams got 15 percent. In a hypothetical four-way race where Cuomo attempted a comeback, Hochul got 36 percent, James got 24 percent, Cuomo got 19 percent and Williams 9 percent. De Blasio, who is seriously exploring a race, would further complicate the dynamic.
Just the notion that Cuomo can run – and the result of such a vote – could affect donors and endorsements, potentially moving the field, Gyory said. Yet Gyory and strategists are quick to point out that the hypothetical assessments can hardly be trusted until the entire democratic field has solidified.
“In the current poll data, I do not see a way to victory [for Cuomo]”But just because I can not see it does not mean they do not see it,” said Gyory. “And clearly the rumors about Cuomo and the potential campaigns for [New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio] and Williams is not useful for James’ candidacy. “
What’s more, a ubiquitous Cuomo is forcing the current declared Democratic candidates for governor – Hochul and James, who are both tied to his rise and fall – to continue to respond to his news cycle, despite their best efforts to create awareness about their own performance.
“You know the answer – I’m not focused on that,” Hochul said when asked in Puerto Rico about the news that Cuomo’s court date to answer charges of coercion had been moved to January. “It is independent of my responsibility as governor. The people of the state want me to focus on doing something for them.”
James was also asked about Cuomo during an event in San Juan that was supposed to be focused on inequalities that U.S. citizens face in Puerto Rico, one of her first events since she announced her gubernatorial run.
“As far as the former governor is concerned, it’s more of the same to undermine our report, our investigation,” James said. “It’s unfortunate that the former governor of the state of New York refuses to take responsibility for his own actions and his own behavior. I think he should move on.”
It is unlikely that this will happen before the end of the year, although requests for “move on” apparently did not fall on deaf ears. This week, members of the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee are to review the findings of a far-reaching report that began with a now-defunct trial. And Cuomo’s new legal date is only after the New Year.
“We all just want to move on,” said another lawmaker. “Everyone is tired.”