There’s nothing to cease Andrew Cuomo from making a comeback, warned former New York Gov. George Pataki.
“It’s definitely attainable he runs once more,” Pataki, 76, advised The Submit by telephone from his dwelling in Garrison, New York. “I hope he has the nice sense to not do it, however Anthony Weiner got here again and ran for mayor.”
Pataki stated he was happy to see Cuomo step apart — however noticed extra than simply contrition within the governor’s announcement that he was leaving workplace.
“Seeing his resignation assertion, it virtually appeared as if he was making an attempt to place himself,” stated Pataki, who added it appeared like Cuomo hoped “that the folks would neglect and he would run once more. I definitely hope the folks don’t neglect.”
On Friday, Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie introduced he would finish the chamber’s impeachment probe into the 63-year-old Cuomo. If Cuomo had been impeached, it might have ended any likelihood of his working for governor once more.
The governor had been actively fundraising for a fourth time period earlier than being felled by lengthy simmering allegations of sexual misconduct. His marketing campaign committee reported greater than $18 million within the financial institution as of final month.
“There’s no motive that he couldn’t, if he needed to run for governor in 2022. There could be at the least just a few folks within the race. You received’t want 51 % to win, and he has by far the best identify ID of anybody,” stated Chris Coffey, a longtime metropolis Democratic operative. “There’s no motive to assume he couldn’t run and doubtlessly win.”
Pataki urged the state legislature to move a decision to formally shut down any attainable return for Cuomo.
“I consider the Senate has the facility to preclude his potential to run once more and if that’s the case I’d urge them to move that decision,” he stated.
Pataki, the final Republican governor of the Empire State, served three comparatively quiet phrases between 1995 and 2006. He’s the one residing elected state governor who has not been pressured to resign in scandal.
“I really feel dangerous for the state of New York. This was an excellent state. We’ve had simply very poor management since I’ve left,” Pataki immodestly proclaimed.
“Andrew Cuomo by no means received the scrutiny he wanted to have till only recently,” he stated.