Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo reportedly wanted new running mate with minority community ties
Gov. Kathy Hochul sought a plum job as a U.S. ambassador or undersecretary of commerce in exchange for Andrew Cuomo’s 2022 running mate—before he was sworn in as governor over sexual assault allegations. Was forced to resign, sources told the Post on Thursday.
Top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa arrives at the White House in January to try to score the then-lieutenant. Gov Hochul a diplomatic posting in his native homeland Ireland or Canada, the sources said.
The US Embassy in Canada is located in Ottawa, less than a six-hour drive from Hochul’s hometown of Buffalo.
But President Biden’s officials “laughed us out of the room” when Cuomo’s people asked that he be nominated, a source said.
The source said the White House counter-offered an “under secretary role” for Hochul and she agreed to work at the Commerce Department.
But the discussion ended abruptly in late February when Cuomo was surrounded by a spiraling sexual assault scandal that forced him to leave in disgrace less than seven months later, in the middle of his third term.
Trying to find a new job for Hochul – first Reported by The Washington Post — was part of Cuomo’s plan to dump him in favor of a minority candidate on the 2022 re-election ticket.
On Tuesday, The Post exclusively reported that Cuomo’s aides called Hochul in January and told him he was being coerced because he wanted a running mate from downstate with ties to the minority community.
hochulu confirmed that report On Wednesday, “It’s an open secret that we are no closer.”
She said: “It was the primary attempt at the end of 2014. It was attempted in 2018. And I stand still.”
A source close to Cuomo said Thursday that his aides were talking about “a number of African-American women we wanted to add to the administration and diversify the ticket.”
“But we didn’t reach the point where we were calling,” the source said.
It is unclear whether the potential candidates in question include Attorney General Letitia James, formerly a New York City public attorney.
In late January, James released a report that revealed Cuomo’s administration had publicly underestimated the number of nursing home residents killed by the coronavirus amid controversy over the state’s mandate, which called elder care facilities ” Medically stable” COVID-19 patients forced to be discharged from hospitals. .
James also released a devastating, August 3 report that found Cuomo, 63, 11 Sexual Harassment Of Women, nine of them current or former state workers and most in their 20s or 30s – which led to him announcing his resignation a week later.
Last week, The Post exclusively reported that James hinted that she would Challan Hochul For the next year’s Democratic gubernatorial nomination, the Ulster County Democratic Committee’s September 30 dinner meeting sold out, “Stay tuned.”
Hochul announces its plans look for a full term As governor the following year on August 12, 11 days before Cuomo actually stepped down.
A Hochul spokesman declined to comment on Thursday.