You’d think being responsible for the decisions that resulted in the deaths of 14,000 elderly nursing home patients — and then attempting to cover it up — would have been enough to chase a sitting governor out of his chair. Not in New York, apparently. Instead, it was credible sexual harassment allegations that were corroborated by an independent outside investigation that have brought down one of the media’s favorite political figures.
Longtime anti-gunner Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation today. The cheerleader for laws that have made armed self-defense in the Empire State more difficult, more expensive, and sometimes downright unobtainable will soon me no more.
As the Associated Press is reporting . . .
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he would resign over a barrage of sexual harassment allegations in a fall from grace a year after he was widely hailed nationally for his detailed daily briefings and leadership during the darkest days of COVID-19.
The three-term Democratic governor’s decision, which will take effect in two weeks, was announced as momentum built in the Legislature to remove him by impeachment. It came after New York’s attorney general released the results of an investigation that found Cuomo sexually harassed at least 11 women.
That had to come as a surprise to most. The rules that apply to the rest of us regarding boorish, even criminal behavior don’t seem to apply to prominent public figures, particularly those whose political stances align with those of the mainstream media.
Investigators said he subjected women to unwanted kisses; groped their breasts or buttocks or otherwise touched them inappropriately; made insinuating remarks about their looks and their sex lives; and created a work environment “rife with fear and intimidation.”
“The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to government,” Cuomo said at a press briefing.
We figured the Luv Guv would try to brazen it out, assuming that, like so many before him, it would all blow over.
But he must have been hearing behind the scenes that the legislature was more than serious about impeaching him. In fact, it’s possible the soon-to-be-former Governor will find himself in court one day soon.
Cuomo still faces the possibility of criminal charges, with a number of prosecutors around the state moving to investigate him.
The string of accusations that spelled the governor’s downfall began to unfold in news reports last December and went on for months.
Cuomo called some of the allegations fabricated, forcefully denying he touched anyone inappropriately. But he acknowledged making some aides uncomfortable with comments he said he intended as playful, and he apologized for some of his behavior.
He portrayed some of the encounters as misunderstandings attributable to “generational or cultural” differences, a reference in part to his upbringing in an affectionate Italian American family.
There’s still no word yet from the Television Academy about the status of the Guv’s Emmy, awarded “in recognition of his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world.” They’re probably all over the situation now, though.
In any case, let’s all bid a not-so-fond farewell to one of America’s most noxious, self-aggrandizing foes of the right to keep and bear arms as he slinks off into the sunset. You’ll have to excuse us if our schadenfreude is showing — and we don’t have any illusions about the threats to gun rights in New York improving once he’s gone — but seeing him exit stage left is like, well, chicken soup for the soul.