Disgraced Cuomo officially out of Dem primary versus Hochul

Disgraced Ex-Reg. Andrew Cuomo – who has recently pondered a campaign to oust his successor and resume his old post – will not stand in the Democratic gubernatorial primary as other candidates have provided the necessary signatures.

The former governor “certainly isn’t filing petitions for the Democratic Party,” a Cuomo insider told the Post Thursday afternoon ahead of the deadline.

Although Cuomo will stay out of the June 28 campaign, he is still eligible to run as an independent candidate for governor in November’s general election.

If the scandal-ridden former Pole decides to accept the Longshot bid, he has until May 31 to collect the required 45,000 signatures for the petition, including at least 500 from each of half of the state’s 26 congressional districts, to be signed on November 8 to go to the polls.

The source close to Cuomo said that while the former three-year chief executive hasn’t ruled out an independent run for governor, he probably won’t because the 64-year-old lifelong Democrat could potentially serve as a spoiler that would help one to elect a Republican governor in deep blue New York.

In his second public appearance since resigning under threat of impeachment last year, Cuomo told reporters he was “open to all options” — including challenging him to challenge Gov. Kathy Hochul in a Democratic primary and without either major party voting line to run for office.

“I’ve done this before,” he said in March, likely referring to his founding of the Women’s Equality Party in 2014.

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrives with Ruben Diaz at an event in the Bronx.
Former Governor Andrew Cuomo is “certainly not petitioning for the Democratic Party” in the race for his old seat, insiders told The Post.
Stephen Yang

A rep for Cuomo did not comment.

Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial nominees — Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island) and public advocate Jumaane Williams — have both secured well over the 15,000 signatures required, according to representatives of their campaigns.

Suozzi and Williams each collected more than 40,000 signatures from Democratic voters, according to representatives of the two campaigns.

“Although the Democratic machine tried to maintain its protections policy to preserve the status quo, our campaigns were able to mobilize a nationwide coalition of grassroots volunteers to secure our spot in the Democratic primary,” said Williams, a former Left City Councilman , said in a statement. “We did it without the billionaire donors who dictate the governor’s budget and fund her campaign coffers with donations in the millions, and we will continue our people-driven strategy into victory on June 28.”

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks to reporters about the state budget at the State Capitol.
Gov. Kathy Hochul secured her spot on the ballot for a shot at a full term as governor in February.
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Hochul — the clear favorite to secure her party’s nomination in a Cuomo-less field, according to recent polls — had secured her place on the ballot in February when the New York State Democratic Party nominated her at its convention.

Across the aisle, Republican hopefuls Andrew Giuliani, son of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, businessman and former state auditor candidate Harry Wilson and former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, were collecting at least the 15,000 petitions needed, spokesmen said.

In a statement, Wilson announced that he had submitted more than 36,000 signatures.

“New Yorkers are fed up with career politicians and insiders raising their taxes, driving up the cost of living and making our streets less safe,” Wilson said in a statement. “As we have seen from our record number of petition signatures, voters are hungry for an outsider who can do the work.”

According to a source, Giuliani submitted more than 30,000 signatures.

In this Tuesday, November 6, 2018 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, stands with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul during an election vigil party.
An Emerson College/The Hill poll conducted in early March found that Hochul received 37 percent of Democratic primary voters versus Cuomo’s 33 percent in a hypothetical duel.
AP/Mary Altaffer

“I’m humbled and honored that so many New Yorkers believe and believe in me,” Giuliani told the Post in a text message Thursday. “The last month has been the most challenging and rewarding month of the campaign and I am now more confident than ever that we will be presenting Crimewave’s Kathy Hochul with her pink panties on November 8th!”

For his part, Astorino submitted “around 20,000,” according to a spokesman for the Longshot contender.

Republican frontrunner Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Long Island) — who has a commanding 31-point lead over his GOP rivals according to a recent poll — has clinched an over-85 spot during the March 1 Republican Party convention secured percent of the delegates’ weighted votes in the general election.

Both Zeldin and Giuliani are seeking support from former President Donald Trump, The Post reported Saturday. Disgraced Cuomo officially out of Dem primary versus Hochul


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