February 26th, 2010
04:50 PM ET
8 years ago

All eyes on Andrew Cuomo

With David Paterson's announcement that he won't seek a full term in office, all eyes turn to fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

With David Paterson's announcement that he won't seek a full term in office, all eyes turn to fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

(CNN) - With New York Gov. David Paterson's announcement Friday afternoon that he won't run this year for a full term in office, all eyes are on fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the state's attorney general.

With Paterson out of the campaign picture, Cuomo is considered the Democratic Party's likely gubernatorial nominee. While the son of former three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo has not formally indicated if he'll make a bid for governor, he hinted Friday that some kind of announcement would be forth coming.

"This is an election year and I will announce my plans at the appropriate time. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on my job as Attorney General and the many important issues we are pursuing," he said in a statement.

Cuomo added that he is "sure this is a difficult choice and a sad day for the Governor and his family. It is in the best interests of all New Yorkers that the state government function through this difficult time and address the pressing budgetary problems we face."

According to a Siena College Research Institute survey released Monday morning, Cuomo led Paterson by 42 points in a hypothetical Democratic primary matchup. The survey also indicated that Cuomo would top former Rep. Rick Lazio, the probable GOP nominee, 63 percent to 26 percent in a hypothetical general election matchup. In that same poll, Lazio led Paterson 46 percent to 39 percent. The survey also showed two-thirds of New York state voters had a favorable opinion of Cuomo.

Besides his flattering poll numbers, Cuomo has also built a formidable campaign warchest.

"We are confident that we will field a strong candidate for the general election and that the New York governorship will remain safely Democratic," says Nathan Daschle, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association.

The 52 year-old Cuomo was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in President Bill Clinton's second term. He unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in New York in 2002 and successfully won election as the state's attorney general in 2006.

Paterson was lieutenant governor when a sex scandal led to then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer's departure from the office in March 2008.

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(This article was updated with new information at 4:50 p.m. EST)

Filed under: 2010 • Andrew Cuomo • David Paterson • New York
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Glenn Koons

    Oh to be sure, another liberal for NY state like Cuomo , who will bankrupt the state just like all the other liberal Dems have done. And wow, the state legislature is also filled with Dems and their taxing and spending seems never to stop the lemming voters in NY from just re-electing them and then whining for 2-4 years why their state is in such a fiscal mess. Yipe.

    February 26, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Michael

    Run Andy Run!!

    February 26, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. gt

    i hope he is not a looser like the other two...

    February 26, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Cuomo is the obvious and trusted choice. He's fighting Wall St. and that's the kind of governor we need in Albany.

    February 26, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Mark L.

    LET'S GO ANDREW CUOMO, LET'S GO !!!! We LOVED Your Father, former Three-Term Governor Mario Cuomo, and NOW we want you to follow in your Father's footsteps !! You are a CHAMPION, just like my New York Yankees, and YOU WILL SUCCEED...The Best of Luck and God Bless You Always, Andrew Cuomo...{:o)

    February 26, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Time will tell, but Andrew Cuomo may be a decent candidate. Unlike his father, he seems to be a more moderate common sense person.

    February 26, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Yougottaloveit

    If young Cuomo is anything like his dad, he will make a great governor for the people of NY...as far as Lazio, I lived in NY when he campaigned against Hillary for the Senate seat. He was a pompous jerk with no manners whatsoever.

    February 26, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Confucuis

    You go Andrew!! And Good Luck!!

    February 26, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    When Obozo wants one of his crooked, mobbed up, union loving buddies he will step over anyone. Its the Chicago way. Just what NY needs another phony liberal giving the hard earned money away to their buddies in the unions to keep them in power. Liberals are corrupt, look at Rangel, Pelosi, Reid and of course the Liar in Chief himself.

    February 26, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    @ Glenn Koons......... SO its the Liberals who bankrupt states?! What about ...... California?????? After 8 years of a Republican governor, the state budget shortfall is......... $16 ........BILLION!

    February 26, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Seth

    Governor Cuomo, let me apologize that that elections aren't tomorrow. We need you in office now.

    February 26, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    No, NO and NO! No Cuomo, this state barely survived his father's term.
    We need a person who can cut spending. We do not need another person like Mr. Cuomo who is beholding to all those special interest groups that undermine the people's representation.
    And Lazio is certainly not any better. Typical the voters get to choose between to evils again, and get nothing but higher taxes and fees for their votes.

    February 26, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. Pete

    Just as wolf blitzer wanted all along!!

    February 26, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    NY will take Cuomo, they love him.

    February 26, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. File under "Sarcasm"

    OK all you evil Wall Street bankers out there, get ready to pony up the big bucks for Cuomo's campaign so he'll get off your backs as Attorney General. Sounds like a win win deal to me.

    February 26, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Jay

    Along with Californians, New Yorkers are dumbest people around.
    These are the same morons who voted for Obama & Pelosi! LOL
    Liberal policies by corrupt liberal politicians that have bankrupted both states...just promise me one thing libs, don't ever move out of either state, the rest of the country will be more fiscally sound.
    BTW Go Governor Christie!

    February 26, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Constitution believer

    "aproudmember" you are a fool.
    - It is apparent on the face of it that it is right-wingers who are inherently corrupt. Their very purpose is built around keeping "the haves" protected (for example, outrageously expensive no-bid contracts for cronies of those in power) whereas Democrats constituency are those whose only power is in their right to vote. Unions have corruption, sure - as do all groups or institutions that involve humans. But, unions fight to maintain reasonable rights and a more even playing field for the relatively powerless. Democrats represent those who need representation to retain equality. Republicans represent those whose only goal is to retain power and wealth and prevent others from usurping it.

    Workers are not a "special interest." The Environment is not a "special interest." Decent health care for all is not a "special interest."
    ... A private corporation that benefits only the few and the wealthy IS a "special interest."

    February 26, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    @ JAY............ Hey, how do you explain Utah's DEFICIT???? Its a red state, the reddest around, both governor & legislature are Republicans!

    $6 billion......... deficit, nothing to brag about!

    February 26, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    Not my eyes.

    February 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Susan

    Yeah, Jay. And Florida is in such great financial shape – NOT!

    The republicans are the ones who caused this crisis and they did it over eight LONG years. You can 't expect the Republicans to fix everything Bush/Cheney did in only one year!

    February 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. Preston kk

    Pkm hope como will be honest and bring young blood back to ny

    February 26, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Jayden,FL

    Run Cuomo Run... Andrew Cuomo for Governor!

    February 26, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. duckunder

    Jeez right wingers! Can't think of too many states that aren't having problems, democrat or republican run. I live in Oklahoma and things aren't so great here either. Do you take a nasty pill in the morning? Think you'd better stop, it's effecting your brain cells very badly.

    February 26, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. GJ

    I don't have much against him but it is kind of sad that he waited for Paterson to drop out to announce his (likely) run. Yeah, you may not want to cause drama, but have some respect for democracy. What was he scared of? Winning by 40 point margins? Now he'll just run un-opposed. He's still a great candidate though...

    February 26, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. Mike in CO

    Jay: Every state in the union is having difficulty balancing its budget due to the recession.

    February 26, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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