Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo took pains to stay in New York and avoid presidential speculation during his first few years in office, once even questioning if he should travel to Washington to ask for storm-recovery funds.
Times have changed.
Since Hillary Clinton lost the presidential race in November, Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat in his second term, has courted a national profile and done little to lower the volume on 2020 buzz.
The past several days have seen Mr. Cuomo crisscrossing continents and speaking to audiences far from the state he governs.
On Friday, USA Today published an essay on criminal justice he co-wrote with Van Jones, a former adviser to former President Barack Obama. Later that day, he flew to Florida to address a conference of trade unions. And over the weekend, he took a 24-hour trip to Israel and met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Mr. Cuomo’s staff says his focus is on New York and his next race will be his 2018 re-election campaign. They also said his recent actions weren’t purely national in theme: The USA Today piece pushed a proposal in New York to lessen criminal penalties against minors; in Florida, Mr. Cuomo spoke before New York unions; and his trip to Israel came after anti-Semitic incidents, some of which occurred in New York.
Since Mrs. Clinton’s loss, the governor has quietly courted advisers with national experience. A senior Cuomo administration aide spent time earlier this year recruiting former Obama staffers to consider working for Mr. Cuomo, people familiar with the efforts said.