Although Governor David Paterson has been able to gain some support over the last six months, he still remains very unpopular in the polls and even less popular with people’s checkbooks. According to the New York Times, not only does Attorney General Andrew Cuomo lead Paterson in the public opinion polls by a 4 to 1 ratio, he is also dominating him in the fundraising race and has five times as much money in his campaign chest as the incumbent governor.
The New York Times reports that Cuomo currently has $16 million at his disposal whereas Paterson has only $3 million. In fact, Long Island businessman Steve Levy, who may or may not run, has more money in his campaign chest than the governor.
As the Times reports, at this point it is just a matter of waiting until Cuomo’s inevitable defeat over Paterson in the primaries this year and over Republican Rick Lazio in November.
With Rudy Giuliani out of the race, there isn’t much intrigue left. Although Paterson is going to keep on trying, there isn’t nearly enough time (or willingness from the state legislature to go along with his plans) to get the public on his side, even if he could.
The truth is, Andrew Cuomo is going to be out next governor, barring some scandal which doesn’t seem very likely since he has spent his life trying to move up the political ladder and follow in his dad’s footsteps (his dad is former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and was Bill Clinton’s personal pick for Vice President but he declined the opportunity and the job went to Al Gore. Andrew would go on to work as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in Clinton’s second term).