2020 Campaign

Ex-Christie Aide Will Now Work for Cuomo

Maria Comella, a former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is crossing party lines to become New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) new chief of staff, CNN reports.

“Comella also has a long history of working on presidential campaigns, having joined George W. Bush, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Christie during their respective runs. That experience could benefit Cuomo if he decides to make a run of his own in 2020.”

Trump Raising Money for Re-Election at Fast Pace

President Trump’s reelection campaign “is off to a quick start, pulling in $13.2 million through a trio of committees in the first three months of the year, while paying an unusually large staff of about 20 employees,” Politico reports.

“The FEC reports for the three Trump committees suggested that much of their fundraising bounty came from the sale of branded merchandise sold around Trump’s inauguration and early presidency.”

O’Malley Already Hitting the Early States

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has scheduled a trip to New Hampshire, where he might be laying the groundwork for a second presidential run, the Boston Globe reports.

“His April 23 visit to the Granite State marks his first trip there since the November general election. He will have multiple stops on that day, including events in Salem and Bedford… O’Malley has visited Iowa twice recently. Last week he held a town hall in South Carolina, which holds a primary soon after New Hampshire on the presidential nominating calendar.”

Kasich Moves Fuel 2020 Buzz

Gov. John Kasich (R) “insists he’s not looking at another White House run in 2020. His closest allies say the same,” Politico reports.

“But the prominent Trump adversary is publishing a book titled after a prominent 2016 speech he gave opposing Donald Trump: Two Paths: America Divided or United. Almost immediately after it’s released later this month, he plans to return to the early voting state of New Hampshire during his book tour.”

“Between that and a series of aggressive political moves embarked on by Kasich and his advisors, the whispers among Republican insiders about a possible primary challenge to the president won’t go away no matter how hard he tries to dismiss them.”

Can the States Make Trump Release His Tax Returns?

Rick Hasen: “Trump keeps insisting that because his returns are under audit, he can’t possibly release them. And the Republican-led Congress, save a few renegades like South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, evince little interest in compelling the president to disclose them.”

“Now, though, a band of state lawmakers is attempting to succeed where so many others have failed. In at least 24 states, legislators have introduced bills that would force Trump (and all other presidential candidates) to disclose their tax returns in order to qualify for their states’ ballots in 2020.”

“There’s one big obstacle, though: Requiring presidential candidates to release their taxes as a condition of ballot access may not be constitutional. And even if it is, the Democrats sponsoring such legislation run the risk of major retaliatory measures being taken in Republican states.”

Kasich Says He Won’t Run Again

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) told CNN that despite keeping up a high profile since his failed 2016 presidential bid, he has no intention of running for office again.

“The two-term Republican governor has continued to do national interviews, has maintained a political organization and has been working on a book — all moves suggesting interest in a future run. Kasich, however, emphatically denied this was the case.”

Is Howard Schultz Considering a White House Bid?

While Howard Schultz says he “has no plans” to run for office, he believes that in his post-Starbucks’ future he has “a role to play to elevate the national conversation, both in the US and around the world,” on issues like economic bifurcation, racial tension, populism and the role of the private sector in fostering more sustainable and inclusive growth, the Financial Times reports.

Said Schultz: “We’re living in a fragile world. There’s a need for more passionate government.”

“Certainly, his Wednesday address sounded more like a stump speech than a message to investors; it was filled with references not to gluten-free baked goods but ‘rising nationalism,’ the need for ‘shared values’ and a call to build ‘a great and enduring America.'”

O’Malley Already Polling In Iowa

“The leadership PAC of former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley commissioned a Public Policy Polling survey of the first-in-the-nation caucus state earlier this month,” according to a copy of the results obtained by Politico.

“The poll, which shows O’Malley at 18 percent of Democratic caucus-goers in a field of nine potential candidates if the contest were held today, also asked the Iowans about New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Housing Sec. Julian Castro, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.”

Reid Urged Warren to Run for President in 2020

New York Times: “Reid brought Elizabeth Warren onto the Democratic Senate leadership team in 2014, and she was one of the people he most trusted to keep the Senate caucus on its bearings through the difficult weather ahead. Shortly before Thanksgiving, he summoned Warren to the minority leader’s office. When she arrived, the room was littered with art supplies; on an easel was a half-finished portrait of Reid that would be unveiled at his retirement party the following month. Its subject was preoccupied with the future of the party to which he had dedicated decades of his life. Reid told Warren she needed to think seriously about running for president in 2020.”

Cuomo Takes Steps Towards a White House Bid

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has hired two Florida fundraisers, a sign he’s building a national network,” the New York Post reports.

“The two consultants — one is former Hillary Clinton money man Jon Adrabi — will help plan events and build relationships with Democratic donors in the key swing state.”

“The governor has been expanding his national profile since the Democrats’ dreadful showing in November.”