Three Things Andrew Cuomo Should Have Resigned Over Before Now

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday he is planning to resign in a couple of weeks in the wake of a report finding that he sexually harassed 11 women.

His grabby, smutty, demeaning behavior with subordinates (as described in the New York Attorney General’s report, and essentially unrebutted by the governor) is worth quitting over.

Cuomo doesn’t really think so. To hear him tell it, he’s a victim of circumstance. (“In my mind, I’ve never crossed the line with anyone. But, I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn,” Cuomo said Tuesday, August 10.) But he’s bowing to pressure from the state assembly, which seems ready to remove him from office if he doesn’t go first.

Yet here are three other things Cuomo did during his 10 1/2 years as governor that should have gotten him the heave-ho:


1.  Calling Mainstream Political Opponents ‘Extreme Conservatives’ Who ‘Have No Place in the State of New York’


Power is a sacred trust in America. We don’t serve the government; the government serves us.

Just so, we don’t serve the governor; the governor serves us.

Here below is Andrew Cuomo’s idea of serving the people, from a radio appearance on January 20, 2014:


Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that’s not who New Yorkers are.


Ostensibly, in context he was offering a political-chances analysis of varying strands of thought within the Republican Party in New York state. But he ended up telling a large swathe of people to take a hike.

Now, it’s true that words sometimes come out a different way from what we mean by them. Is that what happened here?

Let’s see …

Did Cuomo apologize for these terrible remarks?

No, not really.

Just as in his sexually suggestive comments with female subordinates that he later passed off as harmless banter, Cuomo knew what he was doing. And he wasn’t sorry he did it.

There is no place in America for a public official who tells other citizens that there’s no place for them in their state because of a political disagreement.


2.  Ordering Nursing Homes To Accept Coronavirus Patients


On March 25, 2020, Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order that forced nursing homes to take patients who had coronavirus.

Some 15,000 nursing home residents died – many after infected newcomers spread the virus.

Then the New York State Department of Health (under Cuomo) understated how many died by as much as 50 percent, according to the New York Attorney General.

Federal investigators are probing whether state officials made false statements to the feds or misused federal funds.

But the universally acknowledged facts are enough to torpedo any public career. Andrew Cuomo issued a horrible order that resulted in thousands of deaths. Then his administration lied about it.


3.  Signing the Most Extreme Abortion Law In the Nation


In January 2019, Andrew Cuomo signed a barbaric bill that as a practical matter extended legal abortion in New York state up to the moment of birth.

The bill has since been exceeded in some ways by Massachusetts’s ROE Act bill (enacted in December 2020), which took away the state’s previous protection for babies born alive after an attempted abortion. Vermont in June 2019 enacted an all-nine-months abortion statute that prohibits restrictions of any kind.

But New York led the way.

Then Cuomo ordered One World Trade Center in Manhattan to be lit up pink to celebrate – as if enabling the death of unborn babies is somehow a boon to their mothers.

Considering nursing homes and abortion facilities in New York, future historians may try to calculate the Cuomo death toll.


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