New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing a firestorm of criticism that cuts to the core of his pandemic popularity: His image as a data-driven leader who kept politics out of the battle against Covid-19.
Neal Kwatra, MPS Founder, weighed in. To read the full article, click here.
"Cuomo primary talk is a favorite parlor game of frustrated progressives in New York, but the fact of the matter is that he's virtually untouchable statewide,” said Neal Kwatra, a New York City-based Democratic strategist who has advised and criticized both Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
A Democratic challenger would need to make significant inroads in New York City, its suburbs, and Western New York to match Cuomo’s statewide hold, Kwatra said.
“Show me a single Democrat anywhere in the state that can do that,” Kwatra said. "Additionally, it's hard to overstate the durable strength Cuomo derived from being on TV for several months straight at the height of the pandemic. That kind of exposure is of incalculable value and will make it very hard for any challenger to erode."