New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) kicked off 2021 by facing two separate scandals, one including nursing home deaths as a result of his decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a second scandal involving multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
Though the governor lucked out in the sense that most of the mainstream media conveniently looked the other way, according to the Washington Examiner, New York voters haven’t forgotten. That was evidenced in a recent poll, which indicated that he only has the support of roughly one-third of his state’s voters as far as a reelection campaign is concerned.
The numbers are bad
The poll, which was conducted by the Siena College Research Institute, revealed that only 33% of New York voters believe Cuomo should remain in the governor’s mansion and run for a fourth term next year.
As far as the idea of Cuomo finishing out his current term and then forgoing a reelection campaign, 39% of New York voters supported that particular strategy.
Some 23% of the state’s registered voters still believe that Cuomo should resign immediately, though, at this point, it’s highly unlikely that he would make such a move since he’s essentially been handed a free pass on two massive scandals that arguably would have taken down any Republican governor.
Unbelievably, even though he’s lost the support of two-thirds of the voters in his state as far as running for reelection is concerned, the embattled governor still holds a relatively solid position, at least according to the numbers, to make a viable run for a fourth term.
“Since his poll numbers took a significant hit earlier this year, Cuomo’s favorability, job performance and re-elect ratings have remained largely stable the last few months,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said.
Cuomo’s already making moves
In fact, the Democratic governor already appears to be socking away campaign funds for reelection, if his $10,000-a-plate recent fundraising dinner is any indication, which took place earlier this week.
A piece published by The New York Times, titled, “Will Cuomo Run for a 4th Term? A $10,000-a-Plate Fund-Raiser Says Yes,” seemed to suggest that the governor is going all-in on securing the governor’s mansion for another four years.
Cuomo clearly feels as though it’s safe to move on from his scandals, as the swanky dinner fundraiser marked his first attempt at collecting campaign cash since emerging from the damning headlines that plagued him for months earlier this year.
Adding to the obstacles for any Republican challenger he might face, Cuomo reportedly already has a campaign war chest with roughly $16.8 million in funds, according to election filings.
There was a time, not long ago, when many in the mainstream media speculated on the strong possibility that Cuomo would announce his immediate resignation. Unfortunately for New York — and America — that will likely never happen.