Andrew Cuomo: ‘Shame on us’ if Anthony Weiner is elected mayor

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Weiner and Cuomo. (photos by Azi Paybarah)
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Unlike Hillary Clinton, Governor Andrew Cuomo does have an opinion on Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign.

Cuomo, who, like Clinton, is mentioned as a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, was asked about Weiner during a meeting with the editorial board of the Syracuse Post-Standard.

"He runs? He runs," Cuomo said.

"And if we elect him?" Stephen Rogers, chairman of Syracuse Media Group, asked Cuomo.

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"Shame on us," Cuomo said.

That brief exchange was posted on the newspaper's web site.

I emailed Cuomo's press office to see if there was additional information or context available about that remark and will update if I get a response

It's the first decisive-sounding on-the-record comment so far on Weiner's comeback attempt from a top official in New York.

Senator Chuck Schumer, who essentially created Weiner, has declined to comment on Weiner's bid.

A spokesperson for Weiner's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

UPDATE: A Cuomo administration official who did not want to be named sent me the following statement: "The comment was made in jest - as the governor has said many times he has no plans to endorse in this year's mayoral election."

UPDATE: When I told her of the Cuomo administration official's remark, Marie Morelli, the "Editorial / Opinion Leader" of Syracuse Media wrote in an email, "You have the comment in context. You can judge for yourself."

She also said the paper's policy "is not to release the audio of editorial board meetings."

UPDATE: The Post-Standard has now published a fuller transcript of the meeting