July 15th, 2009
04:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Cuomo outraises Paterson by 2 to 1 margin

Andrew Cuomo raised more than $5 million in the first six months of the year.
Andrew Cuomo raised more than $5 million in the first six months of the year.

(CNN) – New York Governor David Paterson was outraised by a two to one margin by a state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a possible challenger in next year's Democratic Party primary.

Paterson's campaign announced Wednesday that the governor raised $2.3 million in campaign cash in the period ending June 30.

"Gov. Paterson spent perhaps two months out of six engaging in fundraising," says Paterson spokesperson Tracy Sefl, who adds that the budget process and the stalemate in the New York State Senate kept the governor tied to Albany, forcing him to cancel a number of fundraisers.

A spokesperson for Cuomo reports that the attorney general's campaign brought in more than $5 million the first six months of this year and has more than $10 million in the bank.

Recent polls of New York State voters suggest that Paterson would lose to Cuomo by a margin of more than two to one if the hypothetical primary were held today.

Cuomo, the son of former three-term governor Mario Cuomo, has not indicated if he will run for governor next year. The attorney general has drawn national attention this year for his investigations into Wall Street bonuses handed out by companies who received taxpayer-funded bailouts. Paterson was elected New York's lieutenant governor in 2006, and took over when Eliot Spitzer stepped down last year.


Filed under: Andrew Cuomo • David Paterson
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Cuomo is going to win the election. Even if Rudy decides to run, the Cuomo's are a household name in New York.

    July 15, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter

    Dutch, I think you're right. He'd probably be a pretty good governor. Then again, that's what I said about Spitzer. Have a nice day!

    July 15, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Andrew, Buffalo NY

    Dutch, you should stay in VA.

    Most NY'rs, like myself, realize that his father Mario, was a big reason why NYS is the highest taxed state in the Nation, why we still have lifetime welfare, the HIGHEST Healthcare costs in this country. NYS has let the Libs like Patterson, Silver and Smith run this state into the ground.

    And you've got to be an IDIOT to not realize Rudy is a bigger name!

    keep watching your MSNBC!

    July 15, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Jon in CA

    Cuomo looks like Terry McAuliffe's twin seperated at birth!

    I hope his run for office ends just like Terry's.

    July 15, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. Victory

    Cuomo will win the governors chair, then in 2016 Cuomo will run for President.

    July 15, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. patNY

    The Cuomos may be a a household name in NY, but Andrew Cuomo so far, has exhibited greater grasp of what us NYrs are most railed about...property taxes. Despite being Atty Gen., he finally got the legislature to pass a law that makes it easier to dissolve the rediculous mountain of layers of local gov't we have here, layers of gov't that only serves to increase taxes without any added extra benefit...that is, except to line the pockets of those who serve in those local gov'ts. He also went after gov't waste in the school districts by getting independent contractors to repay back their illegally obtained pensions. I like Andrew. He'd be the better option out all current contenders.

    July 15, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Paterson lost the election by appointing...who is it?....oh yeah....Gillibrand.

    If Cuomo thinks Paterson is a better governor than he would be, then Cuomo will NOT run for governor. The governorship is Cuomo's if he wants it. Or maybe he aspires to be a lifetime state AG.

    July 15, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Andrew

    Stay in Buffalo. Us city folks actually liked Andrew.

    July 15, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Buddy Gilmour

    I don't think Rudy will run against Cuomo, he knows he'd have no chance. GOP needs to find a young upstate pol with conservative creds. Or maybe Sarah Palin will move to NY ;)

    July 15, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Ellie, MD

    Cuomo is the MAN that should be the next Governor of NY.

    Patterson was a HOT mess.

    July 15, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Alex Bosserman, Mission Viejo CA

    Coumo will win re-election, as that is the position he is seeking. If Cuomo wanted to challenge Paterson, what in the world could he be waiting for? Just about any Democrat who defeats Paterson in the primary would be the odds-on favorite to become the next Governor of New York.

    July 15, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Robin

    @Andrew, Buffalo NY July 15th, 2009 4:52 pm ET

    Dutch, you should stay in VA.

    Most NY'rs, like myself, realize that his father Mario, was a big reason why NYS is the highest taxed state in the Nation, why we still have lifetime welfare, the HIGHEST Healthcare costs in this country. NYS has let the Libs like Patterson, Silver and Smith run this state into the ground.

    And you've got to be an IDIOT to not realize Rudy is a bigger name!

    keep watching your MSNBC!
    ------------------------------–

    You took the words right out of my mouth! Well said!

    July 15, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Randolph Carter

    Andrew, Buffalo, so Pataki and a republican legislature had nothing to do with it? Hmm... Have a nice day!

    July 15, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Lori

    Of course Cuomo will win- he's a Dem.

    July 15, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Randy Evans

    Even though I'm the only one who seems to think this, I'll say it once more: Cuomo won't challenge Paterson for the Gov. seat.

    If he wanted to, he would've made it official already. Paterson has shown very strong leadership with the senate struggle, and has been rebounding. If Cuomo waits until Paterson's numbers show noticeable improvement, he'll just look like a party divider.

    Cuomo won't run, and none of the Republican names will beat Governor Paterson if he continues building momentum.

    July 15, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Maria - Proud Democrat

    It's time for Patterson to go away ........

    July 15, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Andrew

    I meant Mario. Anyhow, I back Cuomo simply because he stood up to those AIG scumbags.

    July 15, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Brian

    Frankly anyone who calls themselves a Republican after Bush's 8 years deserves to be in a mental institution!!!!

    July 15, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    New Yorkers are sick of living in a state of taxes, neither party will end the cycle of tax and spend. New York will be the proving ground of a new party's emergence into leadership.
    New york will listen for lower spending that will lead to true tax reduction.

    July 15, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. michaelam

    Prior to President Barak Obama, Mario Cumo was the greatest orator of my generation. I wished he ran for POTUS but he said that bubba would not vote for someone whose surname ended in a vowel. How sad. Good Luck to you, Andrew! If I lived in NYS, you would definitely get my vote!

    July 15, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Steve (the real one)

    Dutch,

    Who will need Obama's help? Patterson or Cuomo?

    July 15, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Luke

    Either way Cuomo is not much of an upgrade. NY is spiraling down and democratic leadership has gotten them nowhere.

    July 15, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. southerncousin

    How wonderful, another liberal scumbag has raised more money so he can beat another worthless scumbag, such is the world of liberal poitics.

    July 15, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Karine

    It's always about money , no wonder America ends up with a clueless President and so many corrupt and inept politicians.

    July 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |