When it comes to the 2016 Presidential race Hillary Clinton is the sun and everything else in politics revolves around her. Not only does the polling show this is the case, but now even potential candidates are quietly admitting it. The New York Post is reporting that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has told associates he won’t even try to take on Clinton. From the Post:
Gov. Cuomo has quietly told associates that he is resigned to the fact that he can’t run for president in 2016 if Hillary Rodham Clinton enters the race, as is widely expected, sources told The Post.
“The governor has told people in recent weeks that there’s not a chance for him to run if Hillary gets in the race because she’ll easily wrap up the Democratic nomination,’’ said a Cuomo administration insider with direct knowledge of the situation.
If Clinton doesn’t run we will likely have an open race with several governors and senators all competing to define the future of the Democratic Party. If she does she will probably scare off anyone else with a decent shot.
I hope at the very least Clinton takes a long time to make an official decision. In the past few years possible 2016 candidates, like Cuomo and Gov. Martin O’Malley, have moved forward on many progressive priorities including marriage equality, marijuana reform, and gun control. It would be nice if they continued to have an incentive to appeal to Democratic primary voters for a while longer.
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