Sunday, September 23, 2012

Potential Clinton/Cuomo 2016 Clash Stirs Democrats

The must-read article this morning for political junkies is "For Ambitious Governor, a Clinton Stands in the Way," published by the New York Times on Friday morning it explores the dynamics of the early race for the Democratic nomination in 2016 between Governor Cuomo and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to the article, Governor Cuomo's political team are distressed by the potential candidacy of the former first lady, as she would immediately command the support of a majority of Democrats day one; his loyalty to his mentor, former President Clinton, would be heavily strained and with other candidates rolling the dice, finding a niche to run could be impossible.

Which, speaking as a neutral observer in Democratic politics and a resident of New York, would be very disappointing for the well liked and strongly approved Cuomo, who during his first two years in charge of New York has successfully eliminated most of our government debts, governed with great bipartisanship, and avoided embarrassing scandals thus far.

As a Republican, I fear his potential candidacy for President, because I've seen him tame the vocal minority in my state and my political establishment tout his fiscal conservatism in governing thus far. It's amazing how many times I've heard his governing mentioned at Republican gatherings positively, and that's saying a lot by people who dubbed him "Prince Andrew" just two falls ago.

Even though there is much doubt about the result of our upcoming presidential election in 44 days, as both Romney and Obama can realistically come away victoriously at this point, there is no question the dynamic surrounding the 2016 Democratic nomination will be fascinating with concern to a potential Clinton/Cuomo clash in the primaries.

What say you?

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