Newly elected Republican calls for Andrew Cuomo’s resignation: ‘We need a new governor’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is still taking flak for his state’s policy early in the COVID-19 pandemic to send elderly coronavirus patients back to their nursing homes to finish their recoveries, despite the risks that such moves would pose to other residents at the facilities. Now, one Republican says is enough is enough.

During a Friday appearance on Fox News, Rep.-elect Claudia Tenney — a New York Republican who was just confirmed the winner of the nation’s last remaining House race — called for Cuomo’s immediate resignation over the nursing home scandal, Breitbart reported.

Potentially “criminal”

Tenney won her bid to represent New York’s 22nd District over Democrat Rep. Anthony Brindisi by just over 100 votes, a judge ruled Friday, according to the Associated Press.

The same day, Tenney told Fox News host Shannon Bream that it’s time for leaders in her home state to be held accountable for policies that she suggested were potentially criminal.

“Gov. Cuomo should be held accountable,” she said on Fox News @ Night, according to Breitbart. “I called for his resignation as the governor. Because this is a clear violation of the law and could potentially be a criminal act.”

Tenney went on to say that Cuomo “has to pay the price for this.”

“It isn’t the first time I’ve called for Gov. Cuomo’s resignation,” she said, as Breitbart reported. “I think we need a new governor.”

“A new governor”

Tenney also said Friday that it’s a shame New York “doesn’t have a recall statute like they do out in California.”

“We could put in a new governor,” she suggested to Fox. “But I think at this point, I think it’s just unconscionable what has happened in our nursing homes and the tragedy of so many people who prematurely lost their lives at the hand of Gov. Cuomo.”

It’s a sentiment that echoes remarks made by Tenney in late January. In a tweet, the Republican said “[e]veryone in New York should be demanding Cuomo’s resignation” over the matter.

But will Cuomo ever actually face the consequences of his actions, let alone step down on his own accord? I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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