ALBANY – While other Democrats are already pressing outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, put Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in the undecided column.
The governor told Albany radio station WGDJ on Monday that Clinton “is incredibly popular” and has “great experience.’’
Asked, though, if he would support her if she ran, Cuomo responded, “It’s a long way off.’’
Cuomo, who worked in then-President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet as housing secretary, is eyeing his own possible run in 2016, though many Democrats believe he would not challenge Hillary Clinton in a Democratic primary if she ran.
But one New York State official did not hesitate to sing Clinton’s praises later Monday.
“A lot of folks in a lot of positions are all waiting for Hillary’s decision,’’ State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a meeting with The Buffalo News Editorial Board. He noted he backed her 2008 presidential primary bid.
“Her tenure as secretary of state has only made her stronger and better prepared. I can’t think of anyone better prepared,’’ DiNapoli said of a possible Clinton White House run.