12:25 pm Sep. 24, 2012
There are a couple of great details in Ray Hernandez's buzzy piece about Andrew Cuomo's thinking about 2016, and how much of it depends on what Hillary Clinton does.
An unnamed Cuomo adviser tells Hernandez Cuomo said, regarding his 2016 plans, "First, I've got to figure out what Hillary is doing."
(Cuomo has been incredibly careful not to indulge the 2016 speculation publicly, and his spokesman denied the quote the unnamed adviser attributed to Cuomo and said that the governor was not positioning himself to run for president.)
Hernandez also includes this detail of an interaction that supposedly took place at the convention in Charlotte:
"At one point, a key adviser to the governor approached the Rev. Al Sharpton to ask him if he would support Mrs. Clinton were she to run in 2016, according to a prominent New York Democrat with direct knowledge of the conversation."
I asked Sharpton's spokeswoman, Rachel Noerdlinger about the incident.
She emailed to say, "No comment."
Cuomo and Sharpton have a complicated relationship.
Back in 2006, Cuomo skipped Sharpton's annual Martin Luther King Jr. day event in order to give a paid speech in Las Vegas.
Later, Cuomo donated $10,000 to Sharpton's National Action Network.
In 2010, when Cuomo became the gubernatorial nominee, he installed Charlie King, a longtime ally who worked with Shaprton, as the executive director of the state Democratic Party.
Sharpton later grumbled about the lack of diversity on Cuomo's transition team.