From the Morning Memo:

A few years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was holding a news conference in the governor’s ceremonial office Capitol office known as the Red Room and was asked how he plans to address the inevitable chatter that he’d run for president one day.

Cuomo paused and said, “I’ve seen this play before — right here in this room, actually.”

Cuomo is mindful of what happens when a New York governor can become a red hot commodity nationally. His father, the late Mario Cuomo, was a dream candidate for some Democrats after delivering an electrifying speech at the 1984 Democratic convention. He wavered on running in 1988 and 1992, famously leaving a plane on the tarmac that was fueled and ready to go to New Hampshire.

Cuomo’s point at the time was the presidential talk can be a needless distraction and becomes an angle taken on every story written, casting a needless shadow on motives.

The younger Cuomo has insisted all along he’s focused on being governor. During a debate this summer with his Democratic primary opponent Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo insisted he would serve out the third term, with the only caveat being “if God strikes me dead.”

“I think he would be an awesome candidate, but I know he is focused on doing the work of the people of New York state,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in an interview hours after the polls closed on Tuesday and the race was called for their ticket. “That’s what he has said he wants to continue to do.”

For now, Cuomo has not appeared to lay the groundwork that would be geared toward running for the White House like, say, taking an abnormal interest in corn subsidies or the local issues facing voters in a Manchester diner.

He has repeatedly hammered President Donald Trump over his administration’s policies on the environment, immigration, gun control and taxes, but that appeared geared in large part toward his re-election bid.

There are other prominent Democrats in New York who may take the plunge instead: U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has visited New Hampshire to help Democrats there, though she too has made the obligatory statements she’s only interested in her current job.