Joe Biden’s aides were furious that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made an interested video for the 2020 Democratic National Convention and asked his group to remake it, but they refused, says a new book.
“Every four years, Democrats asked the same question about the governor of New York and the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: ‘How is Andrew Cuomo going to fuck this time?’ ‘Write the authors of “Lucky: How Joe Biden Just Won the Presidency.”
At the convention, four years earlier, Cuomo had insisted “for double his allotted time,” while his team refused to participate in fact-checking sessions beforehand, the book says.
Then last year, when Cuomo was supposed to “use his credibility to explain why Biden had the best plan to deal with the pandemic,” he instead “recorded a kind of tribute to himself,” write authors Jonathan. Allen from NBC News and Amie Parnes from The Hill.
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Cuomo’s team had submitted the video on the day of the convention, the tome says.
The governor boasted in the clip: “We climbed the impossible mountain, and right now we are on the other side.”
He did not speak Biden’s name until 4 minutes and 50 seconds into the video, which lasted 5 minutes, the book notes.
“The convention speechwriting team watched in disbelief,” the authors write.
“They asked Cuomo’s assistants to film him again. The answer was: no.”
A source involved in the convention production said of Cuomo’s camp: “They put the speech on our door, set it on fire, rang the bell and then fled.”
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The authors add: “Cuomo was much more of a headache to Democrats than any of the four Republicans who spoke the first night: former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, former New Jersey Rep. New York Susan Molinari and Former Hewlett – Packard CEO Meg Whitman. ”
Representatives for Cuomo did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment Tuesday about the book’s claims.
Cuomo is now in the fight of his political life amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan
Additional reporting by Bernadette Hogan.