Following a slew of allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, even his own party – in New York and across the nation – has turned against him
The growing list of calls for his resignation now spreads across essentially every part of the state and the political powerhouses of New York City and Washington. A majority of Democrats in the state legislature and 21 of the state’s 27 U.S. House representatives have called on him to step down.
Even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the list.
“It is disgusting to me, and he can no longer serve as governor,” De Blasio said during a press briefing.
Dozens of democrats had already called on Cuomo to resign last week, but the army expanded on Friday to include progressive New York City Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the leader of the House democratic campaign arm Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Buffalo-based Rep. Brian Higgins and a group of Long Island-based state legislators who had previously been Cuomo allies.
In a statement, Ocasio-Cortez said she believes it is time for Cuomo to resign.
“After two accounts of sexual assault, four accounts of harassment, the Attorney General’s investigation finding the Governor’s admin hid nursing home data from the legislature and public, we agree with the 55+ members of the New York State legislature that the Governor must resign,” she tweeted.
After two accounts of sexual assault, four accounts of harassment, the Attorney General’s investigation finding the Governor’s admin hid nursing home data from the legislature & public, we agree with the 55+ members of the New York State legislature that the Governor must resign. pic.twitter.com/jV5dwtuVPr
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 12, 2021
“The victims of sexual assault concern me more than politics or other narrow considerations, and I believe Governor Cuomo must step aside,” Mr. Maloney said.
Chuck Schumer, the highest ranking New Yorker in Congress, also called for his resignation, which supposedly came as a complete blindside to the White House.
“Confronting and overcoming the Covid crisis requires sure and steady leadership. We commend the brave actions of the individuals who have come forward with serious allegations of abuse and misconduct,” Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said in a statement on Friday.
“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. Governor Cuomo should resign,” they added.
While tons of big-name democrats turned away from Cuomo, Biden still refuses to abandon him. When asked by a reporter if Cuomo should resign on Sunday, Biden replied, “I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us.”
Pelosi is among those seeming to stick by Cuomo’s side. But, she did urge the governor to do some soul searching, so to speak, Fox News reports.
“I think we should see the results of the investigation … but he may decide,” Pelosi responded. “And hopefully this result will be soon. What I’m saying is the governor should look inside his heart – he loves New York – to see if he can govern effectively. And that could be one of the considerations that he has,” Pelosi said in an ABC interview.
Human Events News will continue following this story as developments arise.