As part of our year-end analysis of what’s happened at the state Capitol in 2011, Gannett’s Albany Bureau spoke with three statewide officials who have had busy years: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy.
And while it’s been just one year since each of them took office, all three have been the subject of speculation regarding their political future, with Cuomo often mentioned as a potential Democratic candidate for president in 2016 (or later).
We asked each to gaze into the crystal ball. Here’s what they said.
Cuomo, on the persistent chatter that he may be eying the White House in 2016:
“I’ve heard a lot of talk for a lot of years on a lot of levels,” Cuomo said. “I focus on doing my job for the people. I focus on what I need to do today and what I need to do tomorrow and everything else is a distraction.”
Duffy, on Cuomo’s aspirations and the possibility of taking over the governor’s office:
“I have never once heard the governor mention anything about what his aspirations are other than being the best governor in the history of the state,” Duffy said.
As for being governor, Duffy said, “My goal is not to aspire his position.”
Schneiderman, on whether he may run for governor some day:
“I might, but I would emphasize that that is at some point in the future,” he said. “Right now, I love doing the work of attorney general. I love being back practicing law. I love doing public policy and public-interest work, and frankly right now I can’t imagine a better job for me.”
“Something else may happen down the road,” he continued. “But right now I’m very happy and completely focused on doing this work and intend to do it as long as the people of New York state will allow me to do so.”