Disgraced Former Gov. Cuomo Officially not Running as a Democrat, Considers Running as An Independent
By Yehudit Garmaise
Disgraced former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has released two campaign-style television appearances, has not submitted the required 15,000 signatures that are necessary to run as a Democrat on June 28, when both parties will hold their gubernatorial primaries.
The former governor is “certainly not filing petitions for the Democratic Party” primary, a Cuomo insider told The New York Post.
Although Cuomo, who is 64, will not run as a Democrat against Gov. Kathy Hochul, US Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island) and NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams this summer, the unpopular former governor is still eligible to run an independent candidate in the general election on Nov. 8.
Without Cuomo in the picture, recent surveys show that Gov. Hochul, who secured 85% of the vote of the New York State Democratic Party at its convention in February, continues to be considered NY Democrats’ favorite candidate.
If Cuomo chooses to launch his longshot bid to reclaim his seat as chief executive of the state, he has until May 31 to gather 45,000 petition signatures that include at least 500 supporters from half of New York’s 26 congressional districts.
While sources close to Cuomo say that he is considering running as an independent candidate, he may not do so because a third-party candidate will likely only help to elect a Republican governor.
On the other side of the aisle, polls show that Rep. Lee Zeldin (R—Long Island), holds a commanding lead over Andrew Giuliani, the son of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, businessman, former state comptroller candidate Harry Wilson, and former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who have all collected at least 15,000 signatures to run in the Republican primary on June 28.
Both Rep. Zeldin and Giuliani are seeking endorsements from former President Donald Trump, the New York Post reported.