New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has fallen from mainstream media hero and anti-Trump foil to a disgraced politician being pushed to resign by legislators from his own party in the span of a year.
His descent from heroism began with the infamous order that sent senior citizens with coronavirus back to their nursing homes after treatment in hospitals. It received coverage in conservative outlets going back to May 2020 as he flaunted New York State’s success on his brother’s CNN primetime show.
Andrew Kerr of The Daily Caller wrote extensively about the nursing home death crisis in New York State as the media fawned over Cuomo’s daily press briefings. Governor Cuomo went on to win an Emmy award for his performances, write a bestselling book, and emerge as a candidate for top cabinet posts within the Biden administration even though New York State’s death rate was among the highest in the country.
Everything changed in a matter of weeks when the Democratic AG of New York, Letitia James, issued a startling report declaring that Cuomo’s administration had underreported nursing home deaths by approximately fifty percent. Soon after, The NY Post released leaked audio of a Cuomo staffer admitting that they covered up the numbers to prevent an investigation from the Department of Justice. Additional details of the extensive coverup operation were revealed in a Wall Street Journal piece that uncovered details about how Cuomo’s Department of Health deliberately undercounted nursing home deaths in a July report.
When the backlash to Governor Cuomo’s nursing home disaster had reached its peak, a former aide and progressive candidate for Manhattan Bureau President Lindsey Boylan wrote a heartfelt essay describing multiple instances of sexual harassment from Cuomo. The revelation prompted multiple women to come forward with similar accusations, including a report that the Governor groped a woman that has now been submitted to Albany police. Calls to resign are growing, multiple investigations are underway, and New York State’s economy remains depleted by extensive COVID-19 lockdowns. In response, Governor Cuomo has deflected questions and issued half-hearted apologies that have not been satisfactory to disgruntled New Yorkers.
Conservatives should continue to support due process for those accused of sexual misconduct. Still, the nursing home order and subsequent cover-up is an impeachable offense that federal prosecutors should investigate. Bipartisan support has emerged to hold Cuomo accountable for his mismanagement, and now many other Democrats have drawn the line at the sexual misconduct allegations. New York State’s Democratic leaders have jumped on the bandwagon calling for Cuomo to resign, and so has lame-duck New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio.
Regardless of the motives at play, it is encouraging to observe a bipartisan coalition forming to influence political outcomes in an era where polarization and media echo chambers dominate people’s perspectives. It should be common sense that Cuomo’s combination of coronavirus mismanagement, lying about it, and then inappropriate behavior with women should be enough to end his career. It is up to New York politicians and potential voters to deliver justice and end the Cuomo dynasty.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.