Since selecting former Buffalo-area Congresswoman Kathy Hochul as his running mate, Governor Andrew Cuomo has done little campaigning with her, and perhaps trying to silence her critics, Hochul has agreed to an interview on NY1's Inside City Hall. NY1's Zack Fink filed the following report.
As speculation has mounted about Kathy Hochul's absence from the campaign trail, the lieutenant governor candidate has agreed to her first TV interview next week on NY1.
While she hasn't been releasing a regular public schedule to the media, the candidate's Twitter feed this week has lit up with photos of her meeting with prominent New York City elected officials.
Although some of those photos show Hochul in public places, they are all posted without any prior notice, which hasn't exactly quelled the theory that she is avoiding the press.
"I think the rumors are true that she's been ordered to be kept under wraps," said Tim Wu, a candidate for lieutenant governor. "I think there's a good reason for it. She's taken stances that are anti-immigrant, pro-gun, that are pretty hard to defend in a Democratic primary."
When Eliot Spitzer was governor, Hochul, then the Erie County Clerk, took a strong public stance against driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. But in May, she was introduced at the Democratic State convention by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a champion of immigrants' rights, who said she believed Hochul's views would "evolve."
NY1 asked the speaker if she had seen any evidence of that evolution.
"The candidate is aggressively out there meeting with people and speaking around the state to different groups to learn more about the issue," Mark-Viverito said. "I feel confident that we will have the support of this lieutenant governor and this governor moving forward on issues that are important to immigrant communities here in New York City."
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino joked about Hochul's lack of visibility Tuesday, comparing her to the missing Malaysian airliner.
"I will never put duct tape and shove my lieutenant governor candidate into a proverbial trunk," Astorino said. "Chris Moss is out every day around this state."
Unlike Republican candidate Chris Moss, Hochul has no daily public schedule. Cuomo denied he is keeping her hidden to avoid offending progressives.
"How absurd a theory is that? I select a person to run on the ticket with me who I don't want anyone to know or see?" Cuomo said.
Some speculate that Cuomo selected Hochul with an eye towards the general election rather than the primary, where he hopes to do better in Western New York against Rob Astorino than he did against Carl Paladino in 2010.