As the nation’s most popular governor, Cuomo has the potential to be an especially productive surrogate for President Obama. He could appeal to white ethnics in swing states, or rally the social liberals who admire him for having been out ahead of his party (and his president) on same-sex marriage, or perhaps headline a few fund-raisers with the wealthy New York donors who have stocked his own campaign coffers and funded the super PAC-like group dedicated to running pro-Cuomo advertising.

Assuming he wants to do any of that.

Reid Pillifant reports for Capital New York