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NY Democrats Want 'Anyone But Cuomo' If Hillary Bows Out

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By    |   Monday, 09 Mar 2015 10:31 AM

One political note emerging from the Albany statehouse regarding the 2016 election is that key Democrats are unlikely to consider New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a backup candidate should Hillary Clinton not run, the New York Post reports.

"There's an ABC factor at work here. It's 'Anybody but Cuomo,'" one top elected Democrat told the Post. The newspaper noted the Democrats' "remarkable" hostility toward their party's governor, whose name arose in the event the Clinton was not on the ballot, the Post said.

Said another Democratic political operative of Cuomo: "People in the party all hate him."

The question of a different candidate for president than the Democratic Party's perceived front-runner — should Clinton's use of a private email account as secretary of state continue to develop as a scandal — drew tough assessments as to how far Cuomo's star had fallen, even with his famous political name in the Empire State, the Post said.

"With Mario Cuomo, there was tremendous support for him within the party that he had earned, to the point where Democrats were constantly courting him to run for president," said one Democratic leader of Andrew Cuomo's popular father, a liberal icon, who died Jan. 1 at age 82.

"To get that kind of support, you need to start early, develop relationships, have successes," the unnamed Democratic said. "But for whatever reason, Andrew Cuomo hasn’t done that.”

In recent weeks, the governor has earned the ire of the head of the state's teachers union, who called him out over a trip Cuomo is taking to Cuba, The New York Daily News reported.

"It's interesting the governor can go to Cuba but he can't get to a classroom in New York state," said Michael Mulgrew, who leads New York's United Federation of Teachers. "I guess it's just too far to travel to the public school classrooms."

Cuomo has also raised concerns over the 2011 purchase of four flat-bed dump trucks slated for his use to tour areas hit by heavy rain or snow. No record has been found of the $450,000 trucks' use, the Albany Times Union reported.

Wrote reporter Brendan Lyons: "The governor, a longtime mechanic with a penchant for fast cars and motorcycles, told state officials to purchase four 'high-axle' rescue trucks to be assigned to the State Police and posted at security facilities and airports around the state, ready for his use on a moment's notice."

Lyons added: "Yet there's no record that the vehicles have been used to rescue anyone, or are even suitable for that purpose. Their effectiveness in floodwaters and snowstorms is also questionable, according to two former officials in the state's Homeland Security office."

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Key Democrats in New York are unlikely to consider their state's governor, Andrew Cuomo, as a backup candidate should Hillary Clinton not lead the party's ticket for president, the New York Post reports.
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