While O'Malley and Christie spar in Washington, Cuomo talks to mayors in Albany
Dozens of the nation's governors are at the White House today for a meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden, part of the last day of the National Governors Association's winter conference.
Governor Andrew Cuomo will not be among them. Instead, he's in Albany, addressing the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials.
Cuomo skipped the weekend conference, in favor of Saturday's prayer service with the new cardinal Timothy Dolan and a weekend of work, according to a spokesman who downplayed the governor's decision not to attend.
"Governor Cuomo has a close working relationship with the congressional delegation, other governors in the region and across the country, as well as the White House," said Josh Vlasto in an email.
The governor has made a point of staying close to home—leaving the state only briefly for selected events, like a Hollywood fund-raiser—and has resolutely stayed away from the nation's capital.
His absence was especially conspicuous yesterday morning, when the Sunday shows were stocked with governors who were in Washington for the conference.
On "Face the Nation," Maryland governor Martin O'Malley—who, like Cuomo, is considered a top-tier Democrat prospect for 2016—noted that New Jersey's bond rating had been downgraded under New Jersey governor Chris Christie, which led to some additional swiping outside the studio.
Christie told The Record that O'Malley was "not worthy of replying to; he's not that smart, he’s not that good, but he is flippant, so I give him credit for that.”
That led O'Malley to launch a long critique of New Jersey under Christie, which he ended by comparing Christie to an insult comic, and accused him of "demeaning women."
“Chris Christie’s brand of sort of Don Rickles leadership is unusual,” said O’Malley. “The bombast and all of that stuff is entertaining, but it doesn’t make for good governance.”
Neither mentioned Cuomo, though the governor did get a citation in a New York Times story this morning as a supporter of Obama's state health care exchanges, which is apparently a topic of much conversation at the meeting.