Comeback Kid? Cuomo May Return To Politics

Andrew Cuomo may be attempting a comeback. 

The former New York governor, a Democrat, has been busy raising his profile in recent weeks by using his podcast and op-eds to criticize the left wing of the party. 

In March, he was a guest on a talk radio show hosted by John Catsimatidas, who ran for Mayor of New York as a Republican in 2013 and criticized several of the investigations into Donald Trump. He said that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation of Michael Cohen paying hush money to Stormy Daniels, New York Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation of alleged irregularities in Trump’s companies and Fulton County, Georga, District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation of Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election result in Georgia were politically motivated. 

Then, in April, he wrote an op-ed for The New York Daily News arguing that Democrats’ policies in New York, Illinois and California were fueling problems with homelessness, violence and people leaving those states for Arizona, Texas and Florida. He repeated these criticisms on a podcast, posted on YouTube, with the title “Ignoring Crime: The Opposite of Progress”. 

“Fear of crime has become a major issue in our larger urban areas . . . Current political forces are slow to recognize or resolve these issues and, in fact, compound the problem,” Cuomo wrote. “‘Defund the police’ and ‘tax the rich’ political movements suggest to the local citizens that the government is out of touch.”

Political consultant Hank Sheinkopf told Fox News that Cuomo appeared to be positioning himself as a centrist against the far-left Democrats that have been elected recently. 

The attempts to raise his profile coming with filing deadlines coming up are fueling speculation he may be planning a political comeback. Sen. Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) is up for reelection next year and may be vulnerable.   

Cuomo served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001, he served as Attorney General of New York from 2007 to 2011 and was elected governor in 2010. He was re-elected twice before resigning in 2021 amid allegations that he sexually harassed 11 women. He denied the allegations and has never been charged with a crime. 

He has a political pedigree as well. His father, Mario Cuomo, was Governor of New York from 1983 to 1994 and from 1990 to 2005, he was married to Kerry Kennedy, sister of Robert F Kennedy, Jr, who is challenging President Joseph Biden for the Democratic nomination for president next year. His brother, Chris Cuomo, is a journalist who was fired from CNN for advising his brother on handling the allegations. 

A Cuomo spokesperson denied he was getting ready for another campaign.