Caputo is not expected to return to the Trump administration

The storied political operative and part-time WBEN Newsradio 930 AM talk show host, Michael Caputo, is not expected to return to President Donald J. Trump‘s administration following a devastating diagnosis of metastatic throat cancer last week.

Caputo is evaluating treatment options, and sources close to him say that it is increasingly clear that treatment will take considerably longer than his planned 60-day leave of absence from his role as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Public Affairs.

Caputo was accused of editing public health guidance of the Centers for Disease Control just days before his announced leave of absence.

Friends, family, and well wishers have been stopping by his East Aurora home, where some have been leaving flowers and cards at his front door.

Caputo’s record of engagement with the Trump administration has been mixed. Although the political operative did work on the campaign, he was also unceremoniously removed from that position after offering snarky commentary on social media regarding then-outgoing Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski.

Caputo’s critics have complained that he has not parlayed his relationship with President Trump to make an substantive policy advancements for Western New York.

Caputo has refused to advocate for partitioning New York into two states, such that Upstate New York has the capacity to govern itself. Although the idea has been popular among second amendment activists, Caputo has made disparaging commentary about it — despite Democrats’ calls for statehood for Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

Caputo could not be reached for comment.

A partition of New York State would give Upstate New York its own Governor, Legislature, and two United States Senators. It would become an evenly divided swing state that is likely to lean Republican. Upstate New York would enjoy 12 electoral votes, and 10 members of the House of Representatives; while Downstate New York would enjoy 19 electoral votes and 17 members of the House of Representatives.
In recent months Caputo has been pleading with President Trump to host rallies in New York State — where political operatives view five or six Democrat-held congressional districts as poachable. Caputo wants Trump to hold rallies in Binghamton, Utica, Woodstock, and Bay Shore — but campaign advisors have pushed back, given that New York is not considered a swing state.

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