Advisers look at 2016

Albany

Whenever David Axelrod is in town, he’s mindful of the political “giants” — from the Roosevelts to Nelson Rockefeller — who made their careers here before heading to Washington.

So what about current Gov. Andrew Cuomo?

“Certainly he would be considered a serious candidate were he to run, based on what he’s done,” said Axelrod, a Democratic strategist best known for guiding Barack Obama’s political rise. “He’s obviously made some tough decisions relative to the fiscal situation in New York. He’s managed a difficult environment well. These things tend to run in cycles, and I think that being a sort of tough, no-nonsense manager … will be a marketable quality certainly in 2016 but also beyond.”

Axelrod, a native Manhattanite who has worked on plenty of campaigns in the Empire State (including Cuomo’s 2006 bid for attorney general), will return to Albany on Saturday evening for an event at the University at Albany.

The Student Association has arranged a panel discussion with Axelrod, David Plouffe, who was Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, and Jon Favreau, who for seven years served as the president’s lead speechwriter. The event is open to the public and is part of UAlbany’s World Within Reach series, whose previous speakers include …read more    

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