WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed says Governor Andrew Cuomo’s days in office are numbered, hinting that he may challenge him in 2022.
The Republican’s comments came after reporters on his weekly conference call asked about Cuomo’s response to Reed, and other Republicans, who are requesting the Justice Department investigate nursing home deaths in New York.
In a statement, Cuomo’s Administration suggested GOP lawmakers were tied to organizing and planning the recent riot in the U.S. Capital.
The response also suggested that Reed and other Trump enablers knew about the organizing and planning of the riot.
“I would expect no difference from Governor Cuomo to engage in such despicable rhetoric and he should be ashamed of himself,” said Reed.
The Congressman blames the state’s nursing home handling on a “complete lack of leadership” from the Governor.
“Governor Cuomo, your days are numbered and there is leadership coming to Albany very soon,” Reed furthered.
Reed has hinted about a run for the governorship before.
When asked if he plans to make a move elsewhere in 2022, Reed says he needs to focus on getting his district through the pandemic first.
“Where the political future takes me, it will take me,” Reed explained. “I am well aware of my commitment to the public and I will honor those communities and I will leave it to the public to make the decision as to where my future goes, it is always up to the people to decide my political fate and I respect their judgement.”
With New York expected to lose at least one House seat in a reapportionment before the 2022 election, his district could be eliminated with portions added to other redrawn districts.
The Congressional Representative has said in the past he only felt representatives should only serve six terms in office, and this is his sixth term.