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Cornering Cuomo on His Presidential Picks


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At Charles Grodin’s book party at Le Cirque on Wednesday, we stopped by to ask former governor Mario Cuomo if we could have a word. Cuomo began by introducing us to his dinner partner. “This is Sandy Frucher,” he said. “Of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Just made a big deal. NASDAQ is buying them out, and that’s like a $700 million deal. And even he’s here!” His mind wandered. “Who took my wine?” The wine was located. We figured it was as good a time as any to ask the tough questions. Who were his presidential picks? “I think Hillary wins the Democratic primary. I think Romney wins the Republican primary,” he said. “I suspect and I hope this is not true: That neither Hillary nor Romney is going to be such a towering figure that it will preclude third people from coming in.”

Um … which third people, Mario? “Bloomberg, Hagel. And you have to remember that Bloomberg will have, according to Kevin Sheekey, his person, a billion dollars. Not a million, not a hundred million, a billion dollars to spend on a race.” Moving on! Where did the former governor fall on the debate over our current governor’s efforts to give drivers’ licenses to immigrants? He reached into his wallet and pulled out a card. “I have mine.” Sandy Frucher butted in: “But was your father able to get one?” “I don’t want to get involved in that,” said Cuomo. “Frucher for president!” Wait, now where is our wine? —Rob Fischer

Cornering Cuomo on His Presidential Picks