This week, a ‘Draft Andrew Cuomo’ appeared for the President’s movement, as the Governor of New York has become President Trump’s favorite foil amid the corona virus crisis.
Two Draft Cuomo Twitter accounts have been launched since Monday, while the praise of Cuomo has illuminated the left-facing Twittersphere every time he informs the press.
At the same time, likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden just cabled his home in Wilmington, Delaware for home broadcasts so he can spend more time in the spotlight, something that sidelined him until Monday.
‘Draft Cuomo’ Twitter accounts appeared this week after New York Democratic Governor took control of his state’s coronavirus crisis
On Tuesday, the @ DraftCuomo2020 account appeared, created by a man named Jay from New Jersey, who likes the governor as a backup Democratic candidate for president
The @ DraftCuomo2020 account started this tweet on Tuesday. The founder said he intended to gather social media followers, without plans to raise funds for a potential Cuomo led through a political action committee
Jay, a New Jersey Democrat who refused to use his last name for the story, was launched @ DraftCuomo2020 on Twitter on Tuesday. Another @DraftCuomo account was created on Monday, but has fewer followers so far.
“I think this moment is mainly showing the electorate how important things we might not have considered initially, especially the executive experience,” Jay told DailyMail.com on Wednesday. “If you look at our field when it started with 20-25 some strange candidates, there were a few governors and maybe we should have looked at them in hindsight.”
But the coronavirus outbreak focused on those leadership skills and spurred Jay into action.
While the Twitter account still has fewer than 200 followers, Jay called the first answer “ overwhelmingly positive. ”
“I’ve received messages from people across the country saying how can I help, what can I do to get this done?” Jay said. “The enthusiasm is definitely there – and I think it’s largely due to rethinking our priorities given the circumstances.”
Jay saw Cuomo as a backup candidate, noting the advanced ages of both Biden and Bernie Sanders, who will remain in the 2020 Democratic race.
Biden is 77 years old, while Sanders is 78 years old.
“So given these circumstances and given that 2020 has already guided us, we need to be prepared in case one or both of our nominees cannot serve and fail – be it for their health or other reasons,” he said.
“And in that case, I think Governor Cuomo would be a good choice,” he added.
He also argued that while Biden pledged to choose a female running mate, the former vice president might want to reconsider that choice and choose Cuomo instead.
Jay said he has no plans for @ DraftCuomo2020 so far, in addition to a social media presence, explaining that people’s focus should be on the coronavirus pandemic. He also has no intention of looking up convention rules or raising money for Cuomo as part of a political action committee.
“There has to be a critical mass, so to speak, to be even a negotiable topic,” said Jay.
Other Democrats interviewed DailyMail.com understood why there was interest in Cuomo.
Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo assistant running for Congress in the New York Democratic primary against Rep. Jerry Nadler said the governor has “come forward and taken responsibility at a time when we have a real vacuum of leadership at the federal level.”
“He’s making things happen, end of story,” Boylan said. People respond at a time like this to his straightforward talk and bottom-line leadership.
“The American people need leaders with the courage to tell the truth and that is what Andrew Cuomo is doing,” she added.
As a candidate for Congress, Boylan has not given official approval from the President, but has said she will support the Democratic candidate.
However, she has noticed Biden’s absence.
“While I watch [President Trump] screw up the most basic human support on stage and be a total jerk, I’m thinking of the leadership we need. As [Joe Biden] expect to be our nominee, I would expect him to be very present and vocal now, “she tweeted on Sunday. “I don’t get it at all.”
On Monday, Biden began to fix that by broadcasting from his home.
Joel Payne, a democratic strategist who worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, suggested that members of his party were still looking for a candidate because of jitters of what happened four years ago.
“I think it’s a reflex from a nervous, insecure Democratic Party,” he told DailyMail.com. “Donald Trump has shaken the party’s confidence and now we jump from the savior to the savior.”
“Also reflects how much the COVID outbreak sidelined Biden,” Payne added.