Despite being possibly “the worst elected official in the 21st century,” Clay Travis thinks Andrew Cuomo’s surprise and self-serving resignation on Tuesday could be a ploy to enable him to run for governor in New York in 2022. Once a politician, always a politician, Travis implied.
The founder of the right-leaning sports and pop culture site Outkick, which he recently sold to the Fox Corporation, Travis made this prediction on Fox & Friends this morning.
“I think this is about trying to preserve Andrew Cuomo’s electoral ability to get another office in the future. This is what I said on my radio show yesterday, I just heard Brian [Kilmeade] talking about it a little bit as well, and wouldn’t stun me, guys, if he tries to run for the New York governorship in 2022 in the Democratic primary,” Clay Travis explained.
“Because if you look at the most recent polling, he’s still above everybody else. If he goes out, he says he tried to save and preserve the institution of the governorship, but he wants to throw himself back on the voters of New York.
“The only way he could preserve any viability as a politician was by resigning as opposed to impeaching. I think he still believes that he could be reelected as governor in 2022 even after all this. It would not stun me at all if he’s running by next year,” Travis insisted.
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It’s a trope or cliche that just about every horror/sci-fi movie contains an epilogue where it is revealed that the menacing creature (or a dude in the hockey mask or toting a chainsaw) is actually still alive, possibly setting up a sequel. Could Cuomo’s reemergence be the political equivalent?
Democrat Assemblyman Ron Kim has urged the state legislature to continue moving forward on impeachment to hold Cuomo accountable for his misconduct and which also would prevent a Cuomo political comeback.
This kind of speculation comes as many Democrats apparently have concluded that Cuomo’s successor, little known Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, is merely a placeholder.
Advancing the discussion, Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt noted that Cuomo would need the women’s vote which would be challenging in that James’ report accused the governor of sexually harassing multiple women.
In response, Travis — who has previously described himself as a radical moderate who voted for Obama twice and Trump in 2020 (after voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson in 2016) — suggested that Cuomo might want a rematch of a sort with James.
“It’s amazing how quickly people’s opinions can change. That’s got to be what he’s hoping on if he drops out of the public eye for a few months,” Travis said.
“Look, almost every politician only cares about one thing, finding a way to get re-elected or to continue to be in power, and this is the only way, I think, Andrew Cuomo could in any way preserve his ability going forward.
“If he gets impeached, this thing drags on for months. He has no hope in 2022, and remember the favorite in many circles would be the New York Attorney General Letitia James who was the one who said, ‘hey, he sexually harassed 11 people.’ Maybe he wants an opportunity to make his case even more to the public in New York and to go head-to-head with that attorney general and argue that the reason she wanted to remove him was because she wanted his job.
“I’m not 100% sure, no one knows what’s going to happen going forward, but I’d be stunned if this is the last time we ever see Andrew Cuomo run for a political office,” Travis noted.
Andrew Cuomo doesn’t own a personal residence, and it’s unclear where he will wind up in the short term after he moves out of the governor’s mansion. He is also persona non grata in the ritzy Hamptons enclave on Long Island, N.Y., where wealthy limousine liberals tend to congregate over the summer.
Cuomo has minimal work experience in the private sector; he owes his entire political career to his insider connections, i.e., primarily that his dad, Mario, also was a three-term governor of the Empire State.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt [that Andrew Cuomo was a terrible governor],” Travis added on the morning show.
“Joe Biden yesterday tried to pretend that 10.5 years was a success. When you go out this way, as you guys said, thousands and thousands of people dead in nursing homes because of your failure and also, all of this sexual harassment.
“I think you could make a strong argument that not only is Andrew Cuomo a bad governor, he may be a criminal governor, and also the worst elected official of the 21st century. It’s impossible for anyone, I believe, to have done a worse job contrary to what Joe Biden said when he tried to praise the overall tenure of Andrew Cuomo,” Clay Travis concluded.
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