The national political journal Politico is thinking out loud this morning about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s future, beginning with this baseline assumption:
In Albany as in Washington, the chattering classes take it for granted that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to make a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
We’ve kicked this can around a bit here on the In Box. But Politico notes that Cuomo isn’t doing all the usual things that a guy does if he’s preparing a presidential bid.
Yet for the second year in a row, Cuomo declined to attend the National Governors Association winter meeting this weekend in Washington, typically a must-attend event for aspiring governors.
In fact, since winning office in 2010, he’s been absent from virtually every high-profile political event populated by those with ambitions for the national stage. In the 420-some days that he has been in the Statehouse, Cuomo hasn’t done a single interview with any of the national television networks, despite more than a dozen requests from Sunday morning shows.
With the exception of an interview in GQ magazine, he hasn’t sat down with the national print media either.
Of course, 2016 is — in political terms — about ten lifetimes from now. So perhaps we’ll see the governor making more of a national splash post-2012.