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With Andrew Cuomo now thankfully fully disgraced, (after refusing to resign for months), there appears to be an opening for some of New York’s most prominent politicians to get a run at the office.
For the time being, Kathy Hocul has been promoted from the Lt. Governor role, and has indicated that she does plan on running for the position again at the end of her partial term.
It appears as though Hochul could have some competition lining up already.
Bill de Blasio, a career politician and operative, was facing the prospect of life outside public office for the first time in two decades. Then came the downfall of his archnemesis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Now the New York City mayor, who will leave office in four months due to term limits, has begun calling allies about a prospective run for governor in the wide-open Democratic primary next June.
De Blasio phoned several labor leaders in recent days to gauge support, a union affiliate familiar with the previously unreported conversations told POLITICO.
How serious was he?
“He’s letting the leaders know that he’s considering running for governor,” said the person, who requested anonymity to speak freely about the preliminary steps.
Asked to characterize the conversations, the person said, “He’s just asking friends to hold off on making a decision” about endorsements until he figures out his own plans.
De Blasio had at one point thought about entering the 2020 presidential race as well, but a few instances of being publicly booed by his own constituents for considering it seemed to deter him.
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