To say that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has had a rough start to 2021 would be the understatement of the year. From the infamous nursing home scandal to multiple women leveling accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault against him, the governor’s prospects aren’t looking great.
According to the Associated Press, on the heels of a seventh woman accusing Cuomo of sexual misconduct, a number of heavy-hitters from within the ranks of the Democratic Party are now demanding that he resign, including both Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and Kirsten Gillibrand, the junior U.S. senator from the Empire State.
Losing the party
It all comes as Cuomo continues to deny that he did anything wrong and insist that the people of New York wait for the facts of now seven investigations before passing judgment. But that argument isn’t cutting it for New York’s delegation in the U.S. Senate.
“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,” Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand wrote in a joint statement, according to the AP. “Governor Cuomo should resign.”
The statement was very similar to one made just days before by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), who also called on the governor to resign.
“Unfortunately, the Governor is not only facing the accusation that he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment and assault,” they said, according to ABC News. “There is also the extensive report from the Attorney General that found the Cuomo administration hid data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths from both the public and the state legislature,” the Democrats added.
Dozens of members of the New York State Assembly have also issued similar calls in recent days, as reports note.
Losing his cool
With the pressure mounting, a number of pundits in the mainstream media have suggested that it’s only a matter of time before the governor ultimately caves and steps down, even though he claims that he’s not interested in that course of action.
“I did not do what has been alleged, period,” Cuomo said Friday, according to The New York Times. At this point, however, it doesn’t seem many members of his party are buying what he’s selling — and in the meantime, the cool demeanor the governor became known for in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have all but vanished.
A photograph of the scandal-ridden governor captured this week by Reuters appeared to show how the governor is handling the rapidly-increasing weight of the allegations — and “cool” certainly wouldn’t be the right word for it.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo walks on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion following allegations that he had sexually harassed young women, in Albany. Photo by Angus Mordant pic.twitter.com/8KuRbXyuNL
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Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, who lost her in-laws to COVID-19 under Cuomo’s infamous and deadly nursing home policy, took the prize on Friday for the best caption to the viral photo, tweeting: “You know it’s bad when you’re wearing a blankie.”