Disgraced former Gov. Cuomo’s campaign is still marked “active” by the state elections board — and still accepts contributions.
His campaign web site, andrewcuomo.com, doesn’t even point out his resignation. Instead, it refers to Cuomo as governor within the current tense.
The website prominently encompasses a “DONATE” button — and a Sept. 29 statement from loyal flack Rich Azzopardi attacking the sexual-harassment report by the lawyer common that drove the governor to resign on Aug. 23.
Cuomo’s campaign coffers are overflowing, with a steadiness of $18.3 million reported as of July 15. The subsequent submitting is due in January.
Speculation that Cuomo would possibly run for governor once more was spurred by an Oct. 4 letter from him to supporters despatched by his campaign. In the letter, Cuomo stated resigning was a “very difficult decision.”
“From the beginning, this was an obvious effort by some to use Albany politics to do what the people of the state would not allow them to do at ballot box: remove me from office,” he wrote. “Albany insiders underestimate the people of the state. New Yorkers have seen effective government that works for them and they will not return to the old days.”
Cuomo additionally criticized Attorney General Letitia James’s sexual-misconduct report as “false: its findings purely politically and personally motivated,” based on the letter.
James is contemplating a run for governor herself. Her committee reported a steadiness of $1.6 million as of July 15.
The campaign of Gov. Kathy Hochul — whom Cuomo had deliberate to dump as his working mate earlier than Cuomo’s a number of scandals handed her the Executive Chamber, had $1.8 million in her coffers as of Aug. 14.
The campaign didn’t return messages in search of remark.
Susan Lerner, the pinnacle of the good-government group Common Cause, instructed The Post: “It’s clear there needs be campaign-finance regulation of the accounts of disgraced former officials.”
She stated the committees must be “limited” in what they’ll spend their cash on — authorized charges, for example, however not transfers for political functions — and that they need to eb “frozen” from taking new cash.
If the candidate needs to run once more, she stated, she or he ought to must open a brand new committee.
Traders on PredictIt, the political predictions market, gave Cuomo a four percent chance of successful the 2022 gubernatorial nomination, as of Saturday morning.