[Updated Sept. 23, 2014] Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York appears regularly in polls on potential 2016 contenders, for obvious reasons. He governs one of the nation’s largest states, and has a famous name: His father, Mario Cuomo, was a three-term governor of New York. And the Empire State has a track record of sending governors to the White House.
But any presidential ambitions Andrew Cuomo may have are on the backburner, especially after he was humbled by left-wing law professor Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic gubernatorial primary Sept. 9, 2014. Ms. Teachout’s 34 percent of the vote was seen in part as a protest against the Cuomo “machine,” and an affirmation of her progressive message.
After taking office in 2011, Governor Cuomo won kudos from constituents across the ideological spectrum. He pleased liberals by fighting for gay marriage, and satisfied centrists by passing a budget that cut spending and didn’t raise taxes, by taking on the state’s big public-sector union, and by achieving tax reform.
For three years, Cuomo enjoyed strong job approval, but in March 2014, his rating took a dive, amid the state’s economic struggles. Then in July, he got in hot water over allegations he had hobbled an investigation by an ethics commission he established and then shut down. For now, he is showing none of the telltale signs of a presidential run.