Aides to Gov. Cuomo (right) have begun talking up his chief counsel, Alphonso David (left), as a future attorney general candidate should there be a vacancy.(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, July 17, 2017, 4:05 AM
Here is an expanded version of the fourth item from my "Albany Insider" column that was cut for space from the print editions:
Aides to Gov. Cuomo have begun talking up his chief counsel, Alphonso David, as a future attorney general candidate should there be a vacancy.
David began working for Cuomo in the attorney general’s office and would be the first black and openly gay AG if he ever ran and won.
Administration officials said David, who has been Cuomo’s gubernatorial chief counsel since 2015, would not try to challenge Schneiderman in a primary.
But they believe he'd be a top candidate if there is a vacancy.
“Alphonso’s brilliant, cares about public service and about making life better for New Yorkers,” one administration source said. “There is simply no one with the background, record, or the star power that could compete if he threw his hat in the ring.”
Several people have been considered potential AG candidates should Schneiderman leave the office, including Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens). Gianaris has been feuding with Cuomo of late over the MTA transit problems.
David was Cuomo's deputy secretary of civil rights in the governor's office before becoming his chief counsel.
The son of Liberian parents, he war born in the US. The family moved to Liberia before having to flee that country among upheaval. The Cuomo offciail said the experience helps David identify "with the immigrant experience."
David, who has never run for political office, could not be reached for comment.
Schneiderman, who has said he is running for election to a third term, is believed to have eyes on the governor's office should Cuomo not seek reelection in 2018. While Schneiderman has been mentioned as a possible Democratic primary challenger against Cuomo, insiders don't expect he would do it.
Cuomo has said he plans to run for reelection.
One Albany insider said that "Andrew Cuomo should worry more about being a better governor and less about who may run for some other office five years from now."Send a Letter to the Editor
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