3:41 pm Oct. 26, 2012
Andrew Cuomo is reportedly headed down to Florida tomorrow, weather permitting, to campaign for the Obama campaign.
Cuomo is the state's most closely watched surrogate, but other elected officials are making travel plans too.
Senator Chuck Schumer will be traveling to Florida later this month, at the request of the Obama campaign.
Schumer has been busy this cycle, traveling to California and Massachusetts for fund-raisers to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He's also done fund-raisers for individual senators in New York and Washington.
He's appeared on the president's behalf here in New York too, at a "Lawyers for Obama" fund-raiser, and he served as a surrogate in the spin room after the debate at Hofstra University on Long Island. (Schumer's presence was pre-announced, unlike Cuomo, who materialized there unexpectedly.)
Schumer is a fierce defender of Israel, and has worked throughout the campaign to paint the president's record in the best possible light, after some prior criticisms of his policy.
Reps. Jerry Nadler and Eliot Engel, also fierce defenders of Israel, might make their own trips to Florida before Election Day, according to spokesmen for their offices. (Nadler made a notable appearance there in 2008, when he spoke frankly about Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright.)
Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who recently beat back a primary challenge in her Brooklyn and Manhattan district, is already there, talking to Latino voters.
Velazquez spent a weekend in Florida earlier this month, campaigning everywhere between Miami and Orlando, and she's currently on a week-long bus tour, which includes calling in to Spanish-language radio shows in Florida and Colorado, encouraging the Hispanic population to vote.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has also been contacted by the Obama campaign about doing surrogate work in battleground states and is interested in helping, according to a source.
Some elected officials are staying a little closer to home.
A spokesman for Christine Quinn said the Council Speaker will be traveling to Philadelphia next weekend with volunteers to help with get-out-the-vote efforts, and that she's organizing a phone bank here to reach out to voters.
State Senator Bill Perkins, Obama's earliest local supporter, who traveled to South Carolina for the primary in 2008, said he'll be going to Philadelphia that same weekend in an effort organized by SEIU 1199.
Other electeds are constrained by their own campaign schedules.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke to the college Democrats at the University of Pennsylvania on October 12, but a spokesman said she does not currently have plans to travel for the president between now and Election Day, citing her own race back home.
That includes nearly all New York's Republican members of Congress, most of whom are too busy fighting to hold onto seats they won in 2010.
A spokesperson for Michael Grimm, who has been the state's most outspoken member on behalf of Romney, said in an email that Grimm will "be here with the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn through election day."