Axios reported on Sunday that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden might consider New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as attorney general if the former vice president wins the November election.
Cuomo was a political ally of Biden, and Axios noted that Biden said of Cuomo he would "consider" him for the country's top law enforcement position.
NEW: So confident are Democrats that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo could be considered for Joe Biden's Attorney General who is looking for ways to replace him at the NGA, chaired by Cuomo. Https://t.co/9CeoDnjkYM
– Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) October 11, 2020
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The New York governor was asked about the rumors that he had been won over to the AG in a future Biden administration and denied that he intended to take on such a role.
"I'm a New Yorker," Cuomo said on NBC's Today. "I said I was going to be governor and these rumors – they're just people trying to get me out of New York."
"I don't know why, but that's where it comes from," Cuomo insisted. “I'm not interested in going to Washington. I said when this COVID situation started just so that I would be absolutely credible with the people of the state, I am not running for president. I'm not running for vice president. "
"I don't want to go to Washington," he added. "I'm just giving you direct advice as your governor and there I am."
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) on rumors that he will be promoted to Attorney General under Biden: "Those rumors, Willie, only come from people trying to get me out of New York." pic.twitter.com/jSn12togYS
– The recount (@therecount) October 12, 2020
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Cuomo botched coronavirus response
While the mass media praised Cuomo for his alleged leadership role during the coronavirus crisis in New York, many conveniently forgot to mention that it was his order to place COVID-19 infected patients in nursing homes, resulting in a tragically high number of deaths.
In addition, Cuomo has a reputation for being an authoritarian. Intercept's Akela Lacy reported in April on some of Cuomo's persistent tactics during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"In the past few weeks, Cuomo has been showered with national praise for delivering nightly briefings on the pandemic and seemingly filling a leadership vacuum left by the federal government," Lacy wrote.
"But Cuomo not only fiddled with his state's response and minimized the risk of the virus in early March, but he also used this political moment to cement his authority and that of his political allies," she continued.
Joe Biden says Andrew Cuomo will be his attorney general if he is elected
How about we prosecute Andrew Cuomo for the murder of 12,000 elderly New Yorkers?
– Bare Politics 🎃🎃 (@barelypolitix) October 12, 2020
The section noted:
“Last month, Cuomo canceled six special elections and used the state's annual budgetary process, over which he wielded great influence, to enact some of the strictest electoral access laws in the country and expand its budgetary power.
Progressives say the combination of movements represents a power takeover that will be covered by the ongoing pandemic. "
"He is high on his new popularity and using it to become even more authoritarian," said Monica Klein, a progressive strategist in New York City and co-founder of Seneca Strategies, "added The Intercept.
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So an authoritarian botched his response to a global pandemic for attorneys general?
Maybe not such a good idea.
Cuomo's senior adviser Richard Azzopardi told Axios that his boss "made no contact, held no discussions about it, and expressed his desire to stay in New York as clear day and become governor for as long as people want him".
We'll see if it stays that way when Biden wins in November.