Cuomo’s Career Might Actually be Over.
With the entirety of New York’s Democratic Party machine against him, will he finally resign?
As a resident of New York who also happens to work in healthcare, I have been following the scandals surrounding Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic and sexual harassment allegations closely. For a while, even with calls for his resignation intensifying among state legislators, I was skeptical about how effective they would be in getting a man who with such influence over perhaps the most significant Democratic party machine in the entire country to step down. That said, after the most recent developments it seems increasingly likely that there’s only a matter of time before he is forced out of office.
Not only has he faced calls to resign from a number of prominent state legislators within his own party, but a majority of federal congressional lawmakers from the state have now called for his resignation in what is clearly a coordinated, unified stance against his continued leadership in the state. Following their lead — and after Lindsey Boylan vowed to find primary challengers for their seats if their silence continued — Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have now called for him to step down as well.
The thing is, how can he effectively govern when the virtually the entirety of not just the Republicans in the state, but his own Democratic party that he has ruled over with an iron fist are against him? Even if one were to subscribe to the idea that he absolutely should not resign until the investigation is concluded, how exactly is he going to be able to govern if everyone he has to work with is calling for his resignation? In credit I don’t often give to corporate Democrats like Schumer and Gillibrand, they were correct when they said he has lost the ability to govern. Obviously, it should go without saying that the state of New York deserves better.
It seems like only yesterday, doesn’t it, that #Cuomosexual was trending on Twitter and he was receiving an Emmy for his Coronavirus press briefings?
From the onset of the scandal, it seemed clear that these issues were going to be the end of his 2024 or 2028 ambitions to run for President. That said, I and I’m sure many others are surprised to see how rapidly his hold on the state of New York is deteriorating. I was skeptical that anything other than a full on impeachment could sink him in this state, but I’m not sure how he can come back from some of the most powerful people in New York telling him essentially to get out.
As someone who works in a nursing home, it’s hard not to take all of this personally. While I am glad that the assault allegations against him are being taken seriously, it’s hard not to resent the fact that his handling of the pandemic was not enough for Democratic lawmakers to call for his resignation. It’s satisfying to see him getting the fall from grace that he deserves, but I can’t help thinking of all the nursing home residents, their caregivers, their families, and their stories who are now defined by this pandemic and the way he handled it.