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DiNapoli says he expects Cuomo to seek re-election in 2018

ALBANY – Tom DiNapoli just wasn’t into playing the political rumor game.

For the better part of a year, Albany has been whispering about a scenario in which Gov. Andrew Cuomo would not seek a third term in 2018, despite his non-stop fundraising and frequent statewide barnstorming.

Under the theory, Cuomo is interested in keeping his name alive for a possible 2020 White House run.  But a serious challenge for governor in 2018 – including a Democratic primary that roughs him up from the leftward base of the party – could put a major dent in those national possibilities.

DiNapoli, the state comptroller who has often butted heads with Cuomo, laughed about the idea of a challenge to Cuomo when asked by a reporter Thursday in his downtown Albany office.

“I think he’s made every indication that he’s running for re-election,’’ DiNapoli said of Cuomo.

What DiNapoli would not directly answer was whether he would make a run for governor if Cuomo didn’t seek a third term.

“I certainly have made every indication that I love being state comptroller. It’s the best job in state government and I look forward to running for re-election, hopefully successfully,’’ said the Long Island Democrat.

DiNapoli said he envisions the other statewide Democratic officer holders besides himself and Cuomo whose current terms run through 2018 -- U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul -- to all seek re-election.

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