U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Republican candidate for New York governor, has reported raising $4 million over the first half of this year, exceeding the $2.3 million taken in over the same period by incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, according to campaign finance filings.
Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has amassed a $18 million campaign war chest but compared with the second half of last year when he took in $4 million, the latest filings suggest a dip in financial support. Cuomo has faced scandals over sexual misconduct allegations as well as his administration’s handling of data on coronavirus deaths in nursing homes.
Zeldin, of Long Island, has nearly $3.2 million on hand for his campaign. Andrew Cuomo, who has been in office since 2011, is expected to run for a fourth term.
Other candidates for governor include former Westchester County Executive and 2014 gubernatorial GOP nominee, Rob Astorino; Lewis County sheriff, Mike Carpinelli; and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s son, Andrew Giuliani.
No other Democrats have officially announced plans to run for governor.
Cuomo’s spokesperson Rich Azzopardi has claimed without evidence that the attorney general’s probe into sexual harassment allegations is motivated by her desire to run for governor herself.
Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, has not said whether she’s running for governor in 2022. The latest campaign finance filings reported that she’s raised $1 million from January through June, ending with a $1.6 million in cash on hand.
Governor Cuomo’s people have been putting out a very fishy story that Preet Bharara is putting out feelers about a run for governor in 2022 — as a way to undermine the investigation into Randy Andy.
Insiders in Cuomo’s camp are whispering loudly that Bharara, the former federal prosecutor who served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017, is making inquiries in New York Democratic circles about a possible run next year
So why are Cuomo’s people loudly suggesting Preet is going to run? Because Bharara’s former deputy and successor, former acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim, was appointed by Attorney General Letitia James to lead the inquiry into the sexual harassment and misconduct allegations that have shadowed Cuomo for many months.
Several women have accused Cuomo of unwanted kisses, touches and inappropriate remarks. Andrew Cuomo denies that he did anything wrong and has questioned the motivations of accusers and other Democrats who have called for his resignation.
A spokesperson for Andrew Cuomo didn’t hold back when asked about Kim, “Mr. Kim’s bias and acrimonious history with Governor Cuomo is a well-known fact after years of public battles separate and apart from Bharara. Just Google Joon Kim and Governor Cuomo and that fact is abundantly clear.”
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