Cuomo Could Capitalize on Wall St. Crisis

Will he reveal AIG names?
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 21, 2009 2:33 PM CDT
In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 file photo, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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(Newser) – Andrew Cuomo’s political career has hit a crossroads, the New York Times reports. The New York attorney general has found his moment, slinging subpoenas at Wall Street like a populist avenger. He’s forced concessions from the rating agencies and student loan lenders, and pried the names of bonus recipients from AIG and Merrill Lynch, to widespread applause. But what will he do with that popularity—and those names?

Speculation abounds that Cuomo will try for governor, though some believe he should wait, to avoid facing David Paterson in a primary. “Andrew Cuomo will be the governor of New York,” said a Buffalo Democrat. “I’m not prepared to say 2010 or 2014.” More pressing is whether he’ll reveal AIG’s bonus recipients, or let fear for their safety stay his hand.