Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Cuomo Has Kept a Low National Profile

Until the past few days, anyway:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made flurry of media appearances over before, during and after Hurricane Sandy slammed in to New York and the east coast.

The governor traditionally sticks to a handful of in-state media outlets and rarely does a television interview (his first sit-down TV appearance since he was elected governor was on Capital Tonight with Liz back in June).

[. . .]

Cuomo, up until last night, hasn’t done any national television appearances, even in the aftermath of the same-sex marriage vote in 2011.

That changed after Hurricane Sandy. The governor sat down for interviews with Brian Williams of NBC (the former employer of the governor’s incoming Communications Director Allison Gollust) and Diane Sawyer of ABC News.

Cuomo, unlike his more bombastic colleagues in other states, has sought to keep a low profile in the national press, in part because he doesn’t raise expectations that he’s running for president in 2016.
If he really wanted to score some national political points, you would have seen Andy's smiling mug all over the national press after the gay marriage bill was passed. But Cuomo has stuck to the high road. Maybe this is why people on both sides of the aisle seem to like him. Despite being from one of the best-connected political families in the state, he doesn't behave like a typical politician.

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