Martin O’Malley says he doubts Andrew Cuomo spends much time thinking of 2016

Martin O'Malley. (MDGovpics, via flickr)
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After his meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg in City Hall yesterday, I asked Democratic Governors Association head Martin O'Malley of Maryland, who has been talked about as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, about Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo is headlining today's events with the D.G.A. in Manhattan at its winter conference.

"Well, Governor Cuomo is one of our stars in the Democratic Governors Association" who has "come into a very difficult situation. He's been a very forthright and bold leader."

Noting that both he and Cuomo have been talked in a 2016 context, I asked him if he thought Cuomo was going to run for president.

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O'Malley paused for a moment before answering.

"I believe the both of us are 100 percent focused on the jobs that we have to do right now in order to get our states out of this recession and into a better day," he said.

Then O'Malley paused briefly, smiled and added, "It's very flattering when people think down the road for you. I'm sure he's flattered by it as well. But I would doubt that either of us spend much time during the course of a day worrying about that or working on that."