Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrat nominee for president, cannot answer simple questions about court-packing but he can make plans for the future, or at least his handlers can.
News broke on Sunday night that the 77-year-old had an idea of who his attorney general would be if he were to be elected president and that man is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Axios reported.
Democrats are so convinced that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be considered for Joe Biden’s attorney general that aides at the National Governors Association, which Cuomo chairs, are looking into contingencies for replacing him, two sources familiar with the situation tell Axios.
Some Democratic donors in Cuomo’s orbit tell Axios that the governor is being pushed for the job and that Biden would consider him, based on their long friendship.
The AG would be among the most politically sensitive — and high-profile — jobs in a Biden administration.
Axios said that the incoming attorney general, if Biden were to win, would face tremendous pressure to prosecute people in the Trump administration, including the president himself.
This could cause a greater divide in the nation even than there is currently as an incoming administration prosecuting the previous administration would be unprecedented.
To many people, this would likely appear to be the persecution of political enemies, something seen in banana republics and not in the United States.
“Biden’s AG also would manage the federal response to police violence, social unrest and systemic racism, and the AG could seek to use federal powers to blunt state abortion restrictions,” Axios said.
But a spokesperson for the New York governor said that he has no plans to leave the state of New York, though many politicians say those kinds of things before they do precisely what they say they have no interest in.
“100% he’s made zero outreach, has had zero conversations about this and has made his desire to stay in New York clear as day and be governor as long as people want him,” Richard Azzopardi, Gov. Cuomo’s senior adviser, said.
Axios said it talked to several Democratic donors, who said that the New York governor was “being pushed for the job and that Biden would consider him, based on their long friendship.”
Biden and Cuomo have a long-standing relationship that dates back to Biden’s friendship with former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, the current New York governor’s dad.
Tim Murtaugh, Director of Communications for Trump’s 2020 campaign, jokingly told Fox News that the winner of the 2020 presidential election would not choose Gov. Cuomo as the next attorney general.
“There is zero chance that President Trump will appoint Gov. Cuomo attorney general in his second term,” he said.
The New York governor said on “Good Morning America” this year that he was not interested in a cabinet position in a potential Biden administration.
“I was in a Cabinet, I was in Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, been there, done that,” he said. “I don’t want to go to Washington. They couldn’t drag me, they couldn’t force me. I only represent the people of the state, I have no agenda besides theirs.”