Report: Cuomo a Top Contender for Biden's AG

But New York gov's reps deny he is even considering the idea
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2020 2:18 AM CDT
Cuomo as Biden's AG? Buzz Is Getting Louder
In this Sept. 29, 2020 photo provided by the Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo delivers a COVID-19 update during a briefing in New York City.   (Kevin P. Coughlin/ Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

If Joe Biden is elected president, will New York need to find a new governor? Democrats are reportedly pretty convinced the state's current leader, Andrew Cuomo, will be considered as attorney general. So convinced, in fact, that aides at the National Governors Association (an organization Cuomo chairs) are starting to consider contingency plans for replacing him, two sources tell Axios. The site notes the AG position "would be among the most politically sensitive—and high-profile—jobs in a Biden administration," given the current civil unrest and the likely pressure to investigate the Trump administration.

Some Democratic donors tell the site that Cuomo, a longtime friend of Biden's, is being pushed for the position, and Biden will indeed consider him. But Cuomo's people are so far disputing the report. "100% he's made zero outreach, has had zero conversations about this and has made his desire to stay in New York clear as day and be governor as long as people want him," the governor's senior adviser said. Fox News reports Cuomo himself said earlier this year that he would not accept a Cabinet position if offered one. Axios points out that Biden will be under pressure to select a diverse Cabinet; Sally Yates and Stacey Abrams are among others likely rumored to be on a list of possible candidates. (More Andrew Cuomo stories.)

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