Yes, then HUD secretary Andrew Cuomo was active at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. But he was then in the Clinton administration and stumping for Al Gore as president.
“I went to many, many conventions for many, many years. And I understand that,” Cuomo said in Manhattan. “My job now is governor of the state of New York. That’s what I’m doing.”
Cuomo is considered a leading presidential candidate in 2016. His father, Mario, stepped into the national spotlight in 1984 when he gave a rousing keynote address, and then struggled with the decision of whether to run for president in 1988 and 1992.
Cuomo said he’s focused on his current job. He said his active schedule at the 2000 convention, which was detailed by Monday by Reid Pillifant, was at the behest of the Clinton administration, which he was a part of.
Cuomo said he believes in the good that an effective government can do, and he said it’s a message that will be articulated at the convention next month, and, “They don’t need me to do it.”
As for back home, Cuomo said it’s unclear whether there will be a special session of the state Legislature before year’s end. Lawmakers are widely believed to be considering a December return to vote themselves a pay raise.
Cuomo said a special session might depend on the outcome of the November elections, and Cuomo hasn’t said whether he supports a pay hike. Republicans hold a 33-29 seat majority in the Senate.
“I think we have to wait to see what happens at the election. There’s a possibility of one in late November, depending on what happens,” Cuomo said. “You won’t know until the day after Election Day. I wouldn’t even bet until after Election Day.”