The Associated Press reports that Democrat Joe Biden, should he be inaugurated in January, could possibly select New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to be the next U.S. attorney general.
The Associated Press cited “a person familiar with the matter” for its report. The outlet claimed that Cuomo was on Biden’s shortlist for U.S. Attorney General with only a few only candidates.
Biden’s would not be the first presidential cabinet on which Cuomo has served. He was the Housing and Urban Development secretary under former President Bill Clinton.
After that, Cuomo, for a time, was the Attorney General of New York, before going on to become the state’s governor, a position he has held since 2011.
Rumors that Biden was considering Cuomo for U.S. attorney general first cropped up in October. At the time, Cuomo said, “I’m a New Yorker. 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 have no interest in going to Washington.”
Cuomo may just be in luck here as there are signs that neither Congressional Republicans nor Democrats want him in Washington either.
Even if Biden does go on to become president and even if Biden does pick Cuomo for attorney general, Cuomo would still have to be confirmed by Congress. And, there is no guarantee that Cuomo would make it through that process.
It is obvious why Republicans would not confirm Cuomo, but less obvious is why Democrats would not support him. The answer is that some Democrats just don’t find Cuomo progressive enough.
But, Cuomo has other problems as well. Cuomo, for example, has been accused of mishandling his state’s coronavirus response. One of the most notable examples is his decision to send recovering COVID-19 patients to nursing homes, a policy that led to the death of countless nursing home residents.
Another problem for Cuomo is the sexual harassment claim that has recently been made by Lindsey Boylan, one of Cuomo’s former aides. Boylan has accused Cuomo of often discussing her physical appearance, the New York Times reports. Boylan also accused Cuomo of being responsible for a “toxic” work environment.
Others that Biden is considering for U.S. attorney general are Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and U.S. Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland.
Considering Cuomo’s baggage, Bloomberg suggested that Sen. Jones is a better choice for attorney general, writing, that Jones “would likely draw bipartisan support.”