This is a year when there will be increased scrutiny on who the running mates are.
Four years ago Eliot Spitzer was the Sheriff of Wall Street and a star. Nobody paid attention to his running mate selection and I suspect most NNY Dems couldn't have named the number two.
That changed when the young and healthy Spitzer showed you can leave office quickly without sudden death.
So when a name like Senator Aubertine comes up, we chuckle at first but then take a more serious look see. You set up the matrix.
He is friendly on the eyes, but is a dubious debater. He is a guy without personal scandal and projects an upstate family-oriented, work ethic persona that compares well to the slicker, swarmier image of the downstaters being mentioned.
On the other hand, Senator Aubertine is more Palin than Palin in his lack of the education credentials we usually vote for. No law degree...No Ivy League...
Then there is abortion. Darrel Aubertine is pro-life and that would enrage the Downstate Libs. He would have to scamper to the left in the short term, but frankly the things that enrage Anthony Wiener likely endear Darrel to upstaters.
Aubertine is a risky choice but in the areas of character and down to earthness, he helps out.
At this point, Team Cuomo may leak several names in part to test the waters and in part to spread the love to Dems who are in need of the imprimatur of importance to win their own race.
Let's see what happens in the run up to the convention.