For Andrew Cuomo, it doesn't matter who his running mate is. He wins anyway......Mr. Cuomo certainly doesn't have to shore up his base by choosing a downstate liberal of color who is a woman.
That's why the Aubertine choice is not as far out as it sounds.
The effect of that ticket on NNY would be interesting.....Senator Aubertine on the top of the ticket would create large Cuomo numbers here and make the down-ballot problem in the GOP even worse.
As it is now, folks like Doheny and Ritchie have to worry how much the Cuomo-Schumer-Gillibrand-DiNapoli line-up will drag them away from victory.
The interest of Mr. Cuomo in a Long Island woman as AG candidate may explain his willingness to consider an upstate male as running mate.
Of course, this all may be a parlor game....But as political hobbyists, that's what we do !