It’s time to Break It Down!
Yesterday, in an all but foregone conclusion, despite his repeated protests to the contrary, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will resign, effective in two weeks. Governor Cuomo, who was the subject of multiple investigations, including one of his handling of the Covid crisis, which initially netted him notoriety and largely positive reviews, and a relatively quick and debilitating investigation of a spate of sexual harassment allegations. The sexual harassment scandal probe was executed by NY State Attorney General Letitia James, after having been called for by Cuomo.
The results, released last week, found the testimony of 11 alleged female victims credible. Said results spurred an immediate escalation of calls for Cuomo’s resignation, and vigorous protest from the Governor, who called the investigation and subsequent report, biased, unfair and politically motivated (Even though, as previously noted, he called for it).
A year ago, Cuomo basked in the glow of what was perceived at the time as a highly effective and largely successful response to the Covid virus in the state of New York. That would soon change, as concerns emerged, based on claims that Cuomo and his administration had implemented decisions that fueled negative results in nursing homes, and that they in turn scuttled efforts to gain access to reporting on their actions.
The purported nursing home scandal receded from the front burner as attention from the claims of sexual misconduct, and the investigation it led to, surged. Democrats from the party’s candidate for New York City Mayor, to members of the NY State Assembly, to national Democrats, all the way up to and including the President of the United States, called upon Cuomo to resign. Most not only urged him to step down, but added, they would support his impeachment, if he didn’t. In fact, most Democratic NY Assembly members indicated they would support impeaching Cuomo, if he opted not to resign. It should be noted here that NY Democratic Assembly members alone, have signaled they have enough votes to effectuate the Governor’s impeachment. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a native of Buffalo, is set to replace Cuomo. Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will replace Hochul. When those moves are complete, NY’s three highest offices will all be held, at least until Hochul appoints her own replacement, by women.
This post is not intended to cover this madness in an exhaustive fashion. In fact, its singular purpose is to elevate and draw attention to the distinction in how differently the Democratic and Republican parties respond to allegations of sexual misconduct among members of their respective parties. Many in the GOP have viewed Cuomo’s self-inflicted calamity as an opportunity to attack Democrats, who have had the temerity to point to and focus on the alleged behavior of Republicans who’ve been accused of various instances of sexual misconduct (See Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh, e.g.). Conversely, I see it through the lens of Dems being willing to hold our own accountable in the same fashion as we do Republicans.What a novel concept. He Doesn’t Have To Go Home: But He Does Have To Leave The Executive Mansion!
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