Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cuomo campaign committee plans birthday fundraiser

Casey Seiler reports on the political machinations surrounding the 55th birthday of possible 2016 candidate, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

The governor's campaign committee will hold a fundraiser Dec. 6 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in midtown Manhattan with ticket prices that start at $1,500 but shoot up to $10,000 (for "supporter" level), $15,000 ("chair") and $25,000 ("host").

In its July periodic filing with the state Board of Elections, Andrew Cuomo 2014 Inc. reported $19.3 million as its closing balance — an imposing cash barricade to anyone who might consider challenging Cuomo in 2014, setting aside for a moment his historically high approval numbers.

Cuomo's committee added $5.7 million in the first half of the year, according to the filing.

Cuomo is up for reelection in 2014. His approval rating hit a stunning 73%/33% rating in July.

New Yorker Mark Sanchez would not be favored in a hypothetical matchup with Cuomo. Nor with the Chicago Bears.