The Governor tries to underscore his dire budget predictions by not spending what the state doesn't have.....So what happens...school districts and the teachers union sue. Actually Governor David Paterson is gaining a bit in popularity for his tough stance against a Legislature that refuses to make real cuts.
The next political question is does Paterson's stance make him popular enough among Democratic voters to scare off Andrew Cuomo ? It's hard to believe Cuomo cuts and runs that quickly. He is still the overwhelming favorite for the nomination and the governorship.
One problem that has prevented an overt candidacy by Cuomo is identity politics...a staple in the DEM party.
In 2002, Cuomo tried to challenge then comptroller Carl McCall for the gubernatorial nod. McCall was trynig to be the state's first black governor and in the DP challenging him was viewed through a racial prism. Cuomo was criticised for thwarting history and backed away from the race to run for attorney general.
Running against the man who actually became the state's first black governor is again a hard thing to do, as a raucus primary could estrange one of the party's largest and most loyal consituencies. That is why the push came to convince Paterson to step aside. He didn't and if he continues to rebound in the polls, Paterson's stature could make a Cuomo candidacy a risky affair.....He may think so too and that is why the AG remains coy in hopes Governor Paterson's resurrection fizzles.
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