So what to make of this?
ALBANY — In a sign that he’s considering a run for a third term, Gov. Cuomo has rebranded his campaign committee “Andrew Cuomo 2018.”
The move comes as the governor, who in January began his second term, is set to hold several fundraisers this month.
One, set for Tuesday on Park Avenue, costs $15,000-a-person and is being dubbed a “dinner & conversation” with the governor.
A source close to Cuomo said after securing education and ethics reforms in the just completed state budget, the governor is “more excited about the possibilities to get great things done than ever before.”
Many insiders, including those close to Cuomo, have previously expressed doubt that the Democrat will seek a third term.
His latest moves show that he is not only at least considering it, but also sends a message to the Legislature and others that he should not be viewed as a lame duck, said veteran Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf, who has worked for Cuomo, including his reelection campaign last year.
It's possible that being so heavy-handed as to rebrand his campaign committee with "Andrew Cuomo 2018" is his way of staying relevant early in this second term.
After the hardball he played with the legislature over the budget and the many poison pills he stuck into it on education, Cuomo's got to know that he's got more enemies than ever and more people looking to stick a shiv into him politically.
He wants people to fear that he's running again so that he can try and get "great things" done the next few years while he's still in power.
This is a stick to try and keep people in check that they'll have to deal with him for a long time to come.
I'm skeptical that the Scott Walker of New York, the man who pledged to destroy public schools and public school teachers and made good on that pledge, will risk running for re-election in 2018 when he's got so many members of his own party enraged at him.
But 2018 is a long way away and a lot can change before then.
We'll just have to see how things go.
It will be interesting to see what Cuomo's poll numbers look like now that the budget is done.
Will he rise in job approval because of the on-time budget?
Or will his assault on teachers and public schools drag him down further?
How the poll numbers look post-budget will mean a lot in terms of what Cuomo can still do this second term.