Scandal has riddled Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration in recent weeks- and whether it be nursing homes or his treatment of staff or others- there is serious question about his viability as a candidate the next time around.
While Gov. Cuomo responded to claims that he sexually harassed female staffers by denying, then downplaying the interactions, admitting that he may have made some uncomfortable by probing about their personal life- a bigger question looms:
Even if he stays in office for the remainder of his term- who might run in 2022 for governor?
Naturally, Republican Congressman Tom Reed, who represents the 23rd District has come up. That said, the USA Today network reported that Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who ran in 2018, was eying another run, as well as Reps. Lee Zeldin and Elise Stefanik.
To be clear, it will still be a challenge for a Republican to win a statewide election in New York.
Among Democrats being discussed for a gubernatorial run are Attorney General Letitia James, outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio or Westchester County Sen. Alessandra Biaggi.
There have been calls for Cuomo to resign, which has been intensely debated. That said, it’s not debatable that Gov. Cuomo has not held a public event since the first allegation came out last week.
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