New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is more interested in fishing than in being president, he says in a new book.
An aide to Governor Cuomo, 62, gave an excerpt from the book to the Times Union newspaper this past weekend.
In the book, Cuomo writes that he wants to remain governor and plans to run for re-election, the Times Union reported. He reportedly hopes to retire after that, get a boat and spend his retirement going fishing.
Cuomo has seen his national profile elevated after he hosted televised coronavirus briefings during the pandemic. His joking banter with brother and CNN host Chris Cuomo also added to his popularity. Everyone from his younger brother to President Trump has speculated about the chances of an “Andrew Cuomo for president” campaign.
“I know what I might think about, and what I won’t think about,” Cuomo told his brother, firmly waving him off.
More recently, speculation has mounted that a potential President Biden could pick Cuomo as his attorney general. On Monday, Cuomo downplayed that possibility, telling NBC’s “Today” show he prefers to serve as governor.
“I’m a New Yorker,” Cuomo said. “I said I would serve as governor. And those rumors… those are only from people who want to get me out of New York. I don’t know why, but that’s where that’s coming from.”
Cuomo served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton Administration, a tenure that was not without controversy. He has said he’s not interested in returning to Washington.