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Andrew Cuomo Considering Campaign For Governor Again, Report

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Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned in disgrace, is now considering campaigning again for the governorship of his state.

The former governor has been talking to supporters about possibly going against Gov. Kathy Hochul, his former lieutenant governor, in a primary and his team has been conducting polling to see how he would fair, sources said, CNBC reported.

After a recent public poll from Emerson College and The Hill showed Cuomo was a few points behind Hochul, the former governor received calls from allies encouraging him to run against Hochul, a person close to Cuomo said. That survey, which was published last week, showed Cuomo just four points behind Hochul with likely New York Democratic primary voters. It’s been one of the rare polls showing Cuomo that close to Hochul with primary voters. Hochul is up for reelection in 2022 and is in a primary fight with Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y. as well as New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

A campaign against Hochul could set up a major primary battle if the former governor were to get the thousands of voter petition signatures needed to get on the ballot by the April deadline. The primary is scheduled for June. Cuomo was in the middle of his third term before his resignation. He was publicly hinting at running for a fourth term before the harassment allegations surfaced. Hochul has said she wants to institute a two-term limit for New York’s governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller.

The Emerson survey also showed 59% of all New York voters polled trust the findings of state Attorney General Letitia James, which detailed the accusations against Cuomo and found he “violated federal and state law.” Cuomo has continued to deny the allegations and has accused James’ investigation of being politically motivated.

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“I think it would be a bad mistake,” New York Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs said to CNBC. He does not believe that the former governor is going to campaign.

Someone close to Cuomo pointed to a recent speech at a Brooklyn church by the former governor in which he said, “I am blessed, I have many options in life and I am open to all, but on the question if I am at peace, No I am not.”

The former governor’s chief spokesperson, Richard Azzopardi, said that he had not signaled to those close to him if he intends to campaign against Gov. Hochul.

“As the Governor has said since the beginning this was the weaponization of politics to do what couldn’t get done at the ballot box, and it’s important to him and his family that the record get set straight and efforts to rewrite history don’t succeed,” he said. “As he has said all along, he has thoughts and opinions about the direction of this state and the Democratic Party as a whole and he won’t hesitate to make them known.”

In February, the former governor issued a political ad that insinuated he was the victim of political attacks.

“Political attacks won, and New Yorkers lost a proven leader,” the 30-second ad promoted by Friends of Andrew Cuomo, a political action committee, said.

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In August, he announced his resignation from the office of governor.

“I’m a New Yorker, born and bred. I’m a fighter and my instinct is to fight through this controversy because I truly believe it is politically motivated, I believe it is unfair and it is untruthful and I believe it demonizes behavior that is unsustainable for society,” he said.

“I love New York and I love you and everything I have ever done has been motivated by that love,” he said on Tuesday.

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“I would never want to be unhelpful in any way. And I think that given the circumstances the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let the government get back to governing,” he said. “And therefore that’s what I’ll do because I work for you and doing the right thing is doing the right thing for you.

“Kathy Hochul, my lieutenant governor, is smart and competent. This transition must be seamless he said.

“This situation by its current trajectory will generate months of political and legal controversy. That is what is going to happen. That is how the political wind is blowing. It will consume government. It will cost taxpayers millions of dollars,” he said.

“I have done it all my life. It’s who I have been since I can remember. In my mind, I have never crossed the line with anyone, but I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn,” he said. “There are generational and cultural shifts that I just didn’t fully appreciate – and I should have. No excuses.”

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