Rep. Elise Stefanik is mulling a bid for New York governor in 2022 as Republican insiders encourage the upstate congresswoman to challenge scandal-plagued Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo is under fire by Democrats and Republicans in Albany, the state capital, because his administration willfully hid information surrounding coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes. The widening controversy has left Cuomo politically vulnerable, and some senior Republicans in Washington, D.C., and New York believe Stefanik would offer the party the best opportunity to flip the governor’s mansion in the deep-blue Empire State. Stefanik is listening while conducting some light reconnaissance, GOP sources confirmed.
“Elise has all the hardware to have an unlimited future,” said Tom Reynolds, a former congressman from Buffalo who served two terms as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 2000s. “The question is, where does she want to take her career?”
New York is on track to lose a House seat in