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Churchill: Another Cuomo term? Nobody will stop him

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ALBANY –Andrew Cuomo was re-elected just short of eight months ago. Already, he wants more.

"I plan to run for a fourth term," the governor told WAMC's Alan Chartock on Tuesday.

Seven and a half more years of Cuomo? That won't please the 59 percent of upstate voters who view the Democrat unfavorably, according to a Siena Research Institute poll conducted last month, and it will really darken the mood of the 42 percent who rate his job performance as poor.

Because let's be honest: The governor will win a fourth term if he wants, no matter what upstate voters think.

Who would beat him? Just try to think of a plausible name.

There hasn't been a realistic threat from among his fellow Democrats since former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned in disgrace a year ago. The state's Republican Party, meanwhile, is increasingly feeble, without a single potential candidate with statewide name recognition.

I know what some of you are thinking. Few voters had heard of George Pataki prior to 1994, and yet the Republican rose up that year to deny the governor's father a fourth term. New Yorkers had tired of Mario Cuomo after 12 years and were willing to turn to a........

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