Cuomo Downplays Low-Key Role at Convention

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday downplayed the limited scope of his role at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next month.

Cuomo will reportedly attend the final day of the convention, and Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver will be in charge of announcing the state delegation’s vote.

“I'm the governor of the state of New York and I have a lot to do as the governor of the state of New York,” Cuomo said. “And I want to do the best job I can as the governor of the state of New York, and I do that best being in New York."

The low-key role in Charlotte continues Cuomo’s understate national profile. Political observers note that his father, former governor Mario Cuomo, made a splash during the 1984 Democratic convention that marked him as a potential candidate in both 1988 and 1992. They say the current governor is looking to avoid political pitfalls, as well as comparisons to his father.