Bloomberg Not Ready to Endorse Cuomo’s Re-election

Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election operation is getting ready to battle next year, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who endorsed him in 2010, isn’t jumping on the bandwagon yet.

Asked today at a press conference whether he would endorse Mr. Cuomo, Mr. Bloomberg expressed his broad support for the governor’s record but was initially unsure even how long Mr. Cuomo has served.

“Governor Cuomo has done a very good job for the year-and-a-half he’s been governor, I guess? How long has he been governor now?” he asked reporters. “Three years? Three years. He’s done such a good job that it seems like a short period of time–even better than [time seeming to go in] the other direction.”

Mr. Bloomberg, who steadfastly refused to endorse a candidate in the mayor’s race this year, vowed it would be the same for the governor’s race in 2014.

“Governor Cuomo’s doing a very good job and I’ll leave that up to the voters. And I will vote, you can be rest assured, in the next governor election. You can also be rest assured that I won’t tell you who I’m going to go vote for,” he said.

But, pressed on his previous endorsement in 2010, Mr. Bloomberg wavered and suggested a nod could come when and if Mr. Cuomo asks for it.

“Yes I did,” he said of his involvement three years ago. “We will have to see. He has not asked me to endorse him. He’s not told me that he’s running. So I don’t know. I mean, it’s a hypothetical question and you would never expect me to answer.”

Mr. Cuomo, far ahead in fund-raising and public polling, is currently on track to easily win a second term. A Republican candidate has yet to announce his or her intent to challenge him.

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