Either New York Governor Andrew Cuomo does not know how to read the room, or he has something hidden up his sleeve. The embattled Democrat leader repeated his declaration that he would not resign amid a growing number of sexual harassment allegations. Even the heightened scrutiny of the nursing home scandal hasn’t been enough for Cuomo to take the hint. But how long will the situation be his to decide?
Cuomo Invites Impeachment
A growing number of prominent Democrats are calling for Cuomo to step down after more former female associates came forward to allege sexual misbehavior. Recently, Democratic State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins stated that the governor should call it quits.
“Everyday [sic] there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government,” she said in a written statement. “We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the Covid-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project.”
She added: “New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it. We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”
Other high-profile New York Democrats echoed Stewart-Cousins’ sentiments.
Nevertheless, Cuomo is resisting. Stewart-Cousins’ comments came after a press conference in which the governor said there was “no way” he would resign. During his phone call to the briefing, he told New York Democrats that they would have to impeach him if they want him to leave office, according to an anonymous source who spoke with the Associated Press.
What Is Cuomo Thinking?
The governor’s insistence that he can ride out the storm seems unrealistic as more accusations emerge and his poll numbers drop. But it appears he may prefer to go out in a proverbial blaze of glory as opinions shift against him.
According to The New York Post:
“Under state law, the first step in impeaching the governor would be for the Assembly to vote to approve the drastic measure, as in the US House of Representatives.
“Should the measure pass, the state Senate would conduct an impeachment trial and vote on whether or not to remove the governor, mirroring the US Senate.”
Last week, Cuomo apologized to his accusers, who were offended by his inappropriate comments, but he denied that he ever engaged in improper physical behavior. He claimed he “never inappropriately touched anybody.”
Still, Cuomo’s political prospects have become rather gloomy. New York Republicans recently announced they were filing an impeachment resolution against the governor over his loss of “credibility and trust” and his “inability to lead.” And New York State Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay told Fox News, “We’re going to introduce this resolution because we believe the time has come.”
However, despite Democrats calling for Cuomo to resign, it is unknown if they would support an effort to remove him through impeachment. But even if they fail in that endeavor, it seems the governor’s political future is, for all intents and purposes, over. After his multiple scandals, it is highly unlikely that New Yorkers will be willing to elect him again. So will this provide an opportunity for New York Republicans to compete?
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