Silver Expects Cuomo To Run For Governor

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said he expects Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to run for governor next year, making Silver the highest ranking Democratic official to indicate unequivocally that Cuomo is plotting a gubernatorial run.

Cuomo has been coy about his plans as he stockpiles campaign cash and quietly lays the foundation for a likely run for governor, a seat held for three terms by his father from 1983 through 1994.

“I do,” Silver answered when asked by Fred Dicker this morning on Dicker’s radio show whether he expects Cuomo to run. “I think he’s clearly showed he’s popular and has always wanted to be governor, and I think he thinks it’s his opportunity.”

Cuomo has only said he’s focused on running for re-election for attorney general next year, but most Democrats across the state expect him to run for governor and polls show him with a wide lead over Democratic Gov. David Paterson in a potential primary and any Republican planning a run.

Paterson said he plans to run for election, likely setting up a contentious primary with Cuomo.

For his part, Silver said he has no plans to endorse a candidate until June. Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson said earlier this week that he’s not prepared to back Paterson’s election bid, saying “My concern is about our conference, the 32 members of our conference.

When it comes to who he would endorse, Silver said “I want to do what’s best for the Democratic Party.”

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  1. Cuomo will from now to election day, bend over backwards publicly and privately for any and all minority “leaders” and “viewpoints” so that his challenge of Paterson is not labeled by them as racist. It’s open house.

  2. Will “Defender of the Faith” Cuomo protect us in NYC from the STINKING TERRORISTS ?

    Does he agree with “Big Brother” Obama, “King” breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Schumer, “Queen” Gillibrand and the “OTHERS” who want to bring these STINGING TERRORISTS to our state and have then put on trial in NYC.

    The next Governor of the state must never allow the STINKING TERRORISTS to step foot in our state.

    But since he seems to be the choice of “Big Brother” Obama over “Lord” Paterson then I guess he supports this I”NSANE IDEA”

    I for one don’t want a Governor who is not going to protect us from these “INSANE IDEAS”.

    Defender of the Faith” Cuomo where do you stand ???

    Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli

    No More Schumer
    No More Pelosi
    No More Rangel
    No More Engel and his Million Dollar Home in Maryland
    No More Arthur Finkelstein & Co, and
    No StinkingTerrorists in NYC, send them to Washington DC
    Memo to NYGOP Draft Sarah Palin for Senator

  3. They all slink like ferrets among the high weeds waiting patiently to see what they are each personally offered before proffering endorsements.

  4. Fighting Fritz on

    You guys really take the cake! Do you live to blog on, with an acid comment for every purpose and season under the sun?

  5. Cynicism is the chastity of the intellect, and, unfortunate though it may be, history has shown, and definitively continues to show, that cynics are rarely disappointed. Were that it were not so.

  6. Fighting Fritz on

    In their day, people were cynical about Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington, too. Now they are seen for the great men they were, with all their flaws.

    This isn’t true cynicism, it’s about PARTISANSHIP. The conservative talk-a-thon and blogosphere is more motivated to constantly express their displeasure with govt over and over again, which is why there are acid comments at every turn. This is straight from the textbook that worked under Gingrich: attack constantly; use harsh and derogatory language; insult as much as possible, and it will seep into people’s belief system.

  7. LookInTheRearViewMirror on

    All one needs to do is look at the results of Mario Cuomo’s time as Governor. The state of New York is barely now, years later recovering from the disasters that Mario did to us.

    Like father , like son.

    Andrew would join daddy in appointing wing nuts who will destroy the state for decades after Andrew has left office.

    All one needs to do is forget history and you will have achieved it.