Biden 'considering Andrew Cuomo for attorney general' – despite widespread criticism over governor's handling of Covid
JOE Biden is reportedly considering Andrew Cuomo for attorney general, despite widespread criticism of the New York Governor over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Aides at the National Governors Associated have started looking for a replacement for Cuomo, Axios reported.
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Democrats familiar with the governor told the outlet that he is being pushed for the attorney general job.
The governor has previously said that his current position is "all I want to be" when asked about the potential of becoming attorney general.
He echoed these sentiments during an interview with the Today show on Monday morning.
"I would say, 'You are an old friend. You are a good friend. You're going to win this election. You’re going to be the president. I'll help you any way I can.
"I'm a New Yorker. I said I would serve as governor," he added. "And those rumors … those are only from people who want to get me out of New York. I don’t know why, but that’s where that’s coming from."
Cuomo was then pressed directly about whether he would become the attorney general, to which he responded: "I have no interest in going to Washington."
The Sun has contacted the Biden campaign and Governor Cuomo's office for comment.
The attorney general would be in charge of settling unrest breaking out in the state that they are appointed in.
Who is Andrew Cuomo?
Cuomo was elected governor of New York in 2010 and has served three terms in office.
The 62-year-old Democrat served as the state's Attorney General from 2006 to 2010.
In 1993, he joined former President Bill Clinton's administration as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development and served as Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001.
Cuomo is not married but has three children with former wife Kerry Kennedy.
Twins Mariah and Cara are 25, and Michaela is 22.
Cuomo was married to Kennedy, the daughter of Robert F Kennedy, from 1990 to 2005.
Over the last year, Governor Cuomo has had to face the state becoming a hot spot for both the coronavirus pandemic and for Black Lives Matter protests.
In March, Cuomo admitted patients into nursing homes from hospitals as long as they were "medically stable."
Many have blamed more than 6,000 care home deaths on this decision.
New York has seen a steady rise in Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations since early September.
The state recorded 10,000 new infections last week, a level of spread not seen since May.
An average of 698 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized each day over the past week, up from 457 for the last week of August.
At the pandemic's peak, nearly 19,000 New Yorkers were hospitalized.
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