Andrew Cuomo, Vice President? Political Analyst Predicts Gov. Will Be Obama's Number Two

04/18/2011 02:35 pm ET | Updated Jun 18, 2011

Andrew Cuomo has already proven he can use his political muscle to push his agenda through in New York. But could he be one heartbeat away from the Presidency?

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Jr. wrote in an op-ed last week that Joe Biden would move over to Secretary of State and Cuomo would take over as President Obama's number two.

Brown writes in the San Francisco Chronicle:

He's a big name, a big-state governor. And a Democrat who is taking on the issue of public employee salaries and pensions.

Plus, he looks good.

The New York Post's Fredric Dicker says, on the West Coast, Brown is "one of the savviest political analysts around."

Dicker reached out to a source close to Cuomo who said the governor was flattered, but that he had no plans of leaving the governor's mansion.

"The governor is committed to working for the people of New York and is not going anywhere," the source said.

The Examiner's Marc Chamot writes that the move would make sense for Obama, because it would add a fiscally conservative Democrat to the ticket, but it would be too risky for Cuomo.

Obama has never trusted, or delegated a whole lot of authorities, and decision makings to his VP and neither to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

There would be huge political risks for Andrew Cuomo if he takes this post, especially if he has any presidential aspirations in the near future. Andrew Cuomo is virtually unknown nationally, as the way things are, he would help Obama some, but the risks of losing isn't worth it for Cuomo if Obama-Cuomo 2012 loses.

One reason he'll stay put: Cuomo continues to enjoy spectacular approval ratings and he's fresh off a budget victory.

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