Ms. James accepted this year’s nomination at the same Manhattan hotel ballroom where Mr. Cuomo celebrated his 2018 election victory. Mr. Cuomo was not invited to the convention on Thursday, and his door -spokesman recently denied that Mr. Cuomo was interested in running. for the Attorney General.
The convention without Cuomo was a rare sight.
His father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, who served three terms, dominated conventions in the 1980s and 1990s. Andrew Cuomo then cast a shadow over the 2002 convention, when he withdrew his candidacy for the position of governor on the eve of the event, acknowledging that he had no path to victory against the party’s preferred choice, Carl McCall. In 2006, he won party endorsement as attorney general as he made a political comeback before being elected governor in 2010.
Most party leaders, however, appear to have moved on from Mr. Cuomo, who ruled with ruthless tactics that left him with few or no political allies when he decided to step down or risk impeachment.
“I haven’t heard anyone say his name and I think people are looking forward to it,” Ulster County Democrat and Leader Pat Ryan said shortly before Ms James’ speech. “People don’t want us to live in the past.”
Mr. Cuomo’s absence would have been largely ignored at Thursday’s convention had it not been for Ms. James’ speech, in which she also accused the Cuomo administration of lying to hide the true extent of pandemic-related deaths in the retirement homes.
His comments appeared to be the culmination of pent-up resentment after weeks of escalating attacks from Camp Cuomo, which has repeatedly denounced the investigation — which it authorized — as unfair and politically motivated, much like Mr. Cuomo wonders how to reenter the public. life.
Indeed, after Ms James’ speech, Richard Azzopardi, a spokesman for Mr Cuomo, released a statement accusing him of being “a serial liar who keeps dodging while answering a single substantive question. on his false report”. Mr Cuomo’s lawyer said last week that he intended to file a malpractice suit against Ms James.
On Thursday, Ms James described herself as ‘the people’s advocate’, thanking delegates ‘for giving me the opportunity to carry your flag and be your candidate to continue this work’.