Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) political career might not be over just yet.
Fox News reports that Cuomo is considering running against Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), the current governor of New York who replaced Cuomo following his resignation.
CNBC was the first outlet to report this story.
“Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering a run against his replacement and fellow Democrat, Gov. Kathy Hochul, as part of an attempt at a comeback . . .,” the outlet reports.
The outlet said that it received this information from insiders, who have “declined to be named did so in order to speak freely about private matters.”
CNBC adds, “Cuomo . . . has been fielding calls from supporters about a possible run against his former lieutenant governor. His aides have been conducting their own internal voter polling on a potential matchup, these people explained.”
He’s in the race
What is even crazier than the fact that Cuomo is thinking about running again is that, according to recent polls, he is a viable candidate.
Last week, Emerson College and The Hill released a poll showing how Cuomo would do in a head-to-head matchup against Hochul in the New York Democratic primary. Cuomo, in this poll, is only trailing Hochul by four percentage points.
“The poll shows that if Cuomo, who resigned last year over sexual misconduct allegations, were to run for his old seat, Hochul would lead the primary field with 37 percent support among Democratic primary voters, while Cuomo would come in second with 33 percent,” The Hill reports.
Cuomo’s latest statement
CNBC included in its report a statement from Richard Azzopardi, Cuomo’s chief spokesperson, on Cuomo’s political future.
Azzopardi told the outlet:
As the governor has said since the beginning, this was the weaponization of politics to do what couldn’t get done at the ballot box, and it’s important to him and his family that the record get set straight and efforts to rewrite history don’t succeed. As he has said all along, he has thoughts and opinions about the direction of this state and the Democratic Party as a whole, and he won’t hesitate to make them known.
Cuomo resigned last summer after a number of scandals, including a sexual harassment scandal. Cuomo has denied all wrongdoing, claiming to be the victim of a political attack.