Pressure Grows on Cuomo to Pack it in and Leave Office

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Governor Andrew Cuomo at Belmont Stakes by diana_robinson is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A few months ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was riding high.

He was being praised in the liberal media, given an Emmy, had his book coming out and was tooting his own horn all over town.

He was the hero of COVID, according to…him…and his brother Chris Cuomo on CNN. 

The guy was reminding us of those spoiled kids we all knew growing up whose parents bought them trophies even when they lost.

But then things started to go downhill for King Cuomo.

It turned out his policy to stick COVID positive patients in New York nursing homes had been horribly disastrous and killed thousands of elderly folks. Then he was busted trying to cover up how bad it had been.

Then more and more women started coming forward saying the governor was a bit of a pushy pervert.

Now his own party members in New York are telling him to hid the road.

So far Cuomo has refused to leave office, but that could soon be changing.

Andrew Cuomo es recibido por el presidente Danilo Medina by PresidenciaRD is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Adios, Andrew!

Recently a number of high-profile New York Democrats including members of Congress Jamaal Bowman and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) have called for Cuomo to step down, but he’s not having any of it.

Cuomo has refused so far, claiming that he’s a victim of “cancel culture.”

Now New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have also demanded that the governor find his way to the exit. Their voices adding to the growing chorus is not going to make Cuomo happy, considering these are two heavyweights of the Empire State’s progressive political establishment telling him to take a hike.

They’d previously remained quiet, but the decision to come out now against Cuomo is definitely a major blow and it’s going to get increasingly hard for Cuomo to stick it out and lead the state with so many in his own party arrayed against him.

“Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York. Governor Cuomo should resign,” Schumer and Gillibrand wrote in a statement.

Will Cuomo Finally Quit?

At this point the question everyone is asking is: will Cuomo finally quit?

Pressure from his first accuser Lindsey Boylan has proven to be quite effective. Her bravery in coming forward about his behavior while she worked for him has been instrumental in showing him the door.

As Boylan noted, however, there’s one progressive New Yorker who hasn’t joined in on the #MeTooing of Andrew Cuomo…Hillary Clinton. Then again, Hillary doesn’t exactly have a star track record for standing up for victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.

It’s also probably a good thing if Hillary sits out one major national political event, considering she can’t seem to keep herself from dropping her opinion on every single thing that happens politically in the United States.

So, will Cuomo quit?

There’s a good chance he will at this point. He’s now in a very bright spotlight and can’t use his usual intimidation techniques because then that will make the news and put even more focus on him.

Assuming the allegations are true it’s not going to work out for him to be a supposed champion of women and all the other Democratic rhetoric but ignore women who said he constantly groped them, objectified them and tried to pressure them into sex. Cuomo is far from the only guy who’s done things like that, but he’s certainly a Grade A hypocrite and the intensity of the scandal surrounding him makes it impossible to lead one of our largest states during an ongoing pandemic.

We’ll see if he finally calls it quits like he should.

Adios, Andrew.