While New York Democrats are here in Charlotte politicking, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is back home being governor.

Delegates and party officials aren’t too upset with that, however.

“The governor’s been very open about it: He’s governing,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, the Democratic Party’s state co-chairwoman. “We all have choices that we have to weigh and some people can’t get away. But he’s done a fantastic job. Believe me, wherever two New York Democrats are gathered, Governor Cuomo is here in spirit.”

Cuomo has chosen to stay close to home and he’s also declined to be one of the more vocal surrogates for President Obama — a decision that is in keeping with his desire to have as low a national profile as possible.

Cuomo has said that he would campaign for the president if asked and has not appeared in swing states where the Obama campaign needs votes (New York is most certainly going to the Obama column).

The governor is expected here Thursday for a day trip. Several members of his staff are here in Charlotte helping with the delegation logistics, but so far I have not spotted his main advance man, Joe Percocco.

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries doesn’t think Cuomo is snubbing the convention or doing enough to help the president’s re-election campaign.

“We’re very proud of him and we’re very thrilled to be New York Democrats,” he said. “I think that Governor Cuomo will be an important voice for the presidency.
That’s a story that will be told all across this country. We have managed to be successful in a divided government context with the leadership of Andrew Cuomo in turning things around in New York state. The House Republicans can learn from what we have done here in New York state which is once the campaign ends it’s time to govern. Governor Cuomo can tell that story I’m sure and once the campaign ends he will tell that story across the country for Barack Obama.”