‘Draft Cuomo 2020’ groundswell emerges amid the NY governor’s coronavirus response


ABC News reported yesterday,

“As the number of Americans impacted by the deadly coronavirus continues to climb, some voters looking for decisive action are turning to state leaders for guidance– chief among them, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose daily press conferences and emphatic communication style has gradually captivated audiences across the nation over the last month.

Ardent supporters of Cuomo are seeking to plant presidential seeds online by launching a “Draft Cuomo 2020” Twitter account, and launching a Change.Org petition that calls the governor “a perfect foil to foil President Trump declares, “after COVID19 crisis, Gov. Cuomo should be considered for VP or drafted as the nominee.”

I think I’ve heard this kind of talk before. Oh, right, I’ve written about Cuomo for President twice now, on March 22 (https://around-the-block.com/2020/03/22/andrew-cuomo-yes-andrew-cuomo/) and on March 26 (https://around-the-block.com/2020/03/26/andrew-cuomo-yes-andrew-cuomo-2/).

My take? There is one plausible and easy option to a Cuomo candidacy: Biden and Bernie drop out and their delegates move their support to Cuomo.

No petitions. No draft. No smoke-filled rooms. No VP talk. No DNC Convention floor fight to put Democrats in a negative light that Trump can exploit. (If there even is a Convention).

With Cuomo upstaging Trump everyday, Trump is so enraged with jealously that he won’t know how to defend himself against an opponent like Cuomo; his incoherence on the campaign trail will be palpable. 

As I wrote last month, “If Trump was afraid of facing Biden, he must be REALLY afraid of facing Cuomo!

“With Cuomo locked in, there will be no need for anymore primary campaigning or electioneering. Cuomo won’t have to take his eye off the Covid-19 ball and can continue to do the excellent job he’s currently doing. And, perhaps with his designation as the presumptive Democratic nominee, he’ll also have the credibility to spread his wisdom to other states as well. And while he’s leading the fight against the pandemic, Biden, DNC chair Tom Perez and yes, even Barack Obama, can lead the political fight against Trump.”

Over and out; it’s that simple. If the Democratic Party and Democratic leadership are willing to do something bold and unorthodox!

As it is written: “Desperate times call for desperate measures.”

Countdown To Trump’s Last Day Clock

Or, as Elizabeth Warren might say as she sees my “Countdown to Trump’s Last Day” clock reading “293 days,”  “How do we know that Ted’s Countdown Clock actually works? He has a plan for that: Andrew Cuomo.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

8 thoughts on “‘Draft Cuomo 2020’ groundswell emerges amid the NY governor’s coronavirus response

  1. ….afraid this might be wishful thinking…..don’t think Biden or Bernie would drop out.

    Sent from my iPhone



    1. Right. Their personal egos will always take precedence over what’s the best for the country. Remember, Bernie cannot win and Biden was all but written off a few months ago. Now he’s the last man standing in what was a field of candidates where there ware no sure winners. Wishful thinking or not…it’s the appropriate, if unconventional, solution to a crisis. That is, of course, if Trump doesn’t just call off the election “to be rescheduled at a time of his choosing.” Notice what one of his cronies, Viktor Orban, PM of Hungary, just did. Didn’t Sinclair Lewis write, “It Can’t Happen Here?” Not so fast, Sparky!


  2. Just in: The Democratic National Convention has been officially delayed until August. What does that mean? It provides another month for Trump’s daily press conferences cum rallies, and the lies and distortions that are part of those rallies, to go on uncontested. And, another month for Biden and Bernie to broadcast their nothingness from their home studios.

    Or, it maybe it will force the Party leadership to start moving and organizing behind Cuomo…the only person in the Party with daily, positive exposure and, what is becoming, universal stature.

    Oh right, wishful thinking!


    1. Great idea. Virtually impossible to do. I’ve sent some of these to the Times and the Post. Too long for letter to editor; no response when I send as a Op-Ed submission. I even have had direct correspondence with the editorial page editor of the Palm Beach Post. He reviews but doesn’t print. Ideas are welcome.


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