Hiring two fundraisers in the key swing state of Florida points to the strong possibility that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is planning a run for the presidency in 2020.
It was reported by the Daily Mail on Sunday that Cuomo, 59, recently hired Jon Adrabi, Hillary Clinton’s former fundraising go-to-guy, and one other consultant signaling his desire to “plan events and build relationships with Democratic donors in Florida.”
“Hiring out-of-state fundraising staff, particularly in a battleground state, opens up money spigots beyond what would normally be available and is a key first step to laying the groundwork for a run,” according to the report, which further notes that Cuomo wants to retain “political consultants with experience outside of New York.”
Now in his second term as governor, Cuomo continues to deny that he will run for president, claiming that he’s only concerned with seeking re-election in 2018.
Not denying that Cuomo hired the fundraisers, state Democratic Party director Basil Smikle Jr. told reporters that “Cuomo always fundraises across the country and uses local consultants.”
Consultants speculated that the governor’s focus on fundraising out-of-state “is a sign he wants to get a jump on other Democratic hopefuls.”
Dan Gerstein, who advised former Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman when he ran for president, told reporters, “Florida is a critical state, not just for electoral value but for connecting with influencers and raising money. If you are serious about positioning yourself for a possible candidacy, you start early.”
H/T: Daily Mail
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