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Cuomo says 2016 speculation can hurt him

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The governor in Batavia in August. (Buffalo News file photo)

By Tom Precious

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will be doing more surrogate campaigning for President Obama in the final weeks of the presidential campaign, but said he is worried if he goes too far on the national political stump it could hurt his ability to govern at home.

With his name in the mix as a possible contender in the 2016 White House campaign, Cuomo told an Albany radio station this morning that he has to be aware of the pitfalls such political chatter can create. Cuomo appeared in the spin room promoting Obama after the president's debate the other night on Long Island against Mitt Romney.

"It hurts me as governor. If you politicize me, you cast aspirations on my motivations and intent … you’re going to hurt my capacity and ability to serve as governor," Cuomo said of perceptions that could come with him campaigning for Obama and his 2016 aspirations.

Cuomo ended with a slap at the press for speculating about such things in the first place, adding that it is easier and less "fatiguing" to write such stories than looking at real policy matters.

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Tom Precious

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