Breaking News: Cuomo Resigns as New York Governor
The governor of New York – Andrew Cuomo just resigned effective in 14 days. This resignation comes after the state attorney general led an investigation that revealed allegations of sexual harassment which resulted in a political ultimatum for the governor.
In his resignation speech, Governor Cuomo summed up his reasoning for resigning with:
I think given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let the government get back to governing. And therefore, that’s what I’ll do.
ACLJ Senior Advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy Ric Grenell shared his initial reaction to this news:
Look, I have two quick thoughts. One is this is a win for those of us who want to fight. When we push back against the politicians who clearly are abusing their office or who have bad policies, we can win. No matter what they say – remember Cuomo said he was never going to resign. But in the face of getting pushed back – when we fight, we can win. That’s the first thought. The second thing is this is how Washington works. Cuomo is not in trouble for all of the killings that happened in the nursing homes and the misinformation that he put out there. And the fact that he made money by pretending he managed COVID in a positive way when he didn’t. He is not in trouble for any of these deaths in the nursing homes. He is in trouble because he was caught in a sexual harassment allegation campaign. So, let’s remember how Washington works. You don’t always have to look at the exact issue when we’re trying to get someone who is a bad player to remove them from office. We have to play the game. And I think at the ACLJ, we know how to play the game.
Ric added how this political scandal should be treated:
Let’s be very clear – Governor Cuomo had a political problem and a legal problem. Today by resigning he solved his political problem. But his legal problem should continue. And I pray to God that we don’t have a bunch of prosecutors who are so political that they ignore the law and the legal issues simply because the political issues are solved. They are two separate issues and should be treated as separate issues. And the legal prosecution should never interfere with politics.
When you have a representative democracy, this is what happens. ACLJ Director of Policy Harry Hutchison summed it up best:
What we have in this particular case is a political surrender by a long defiant state executive. And this long defiant state executive can still count the votes. And he saw that he was lacking support. His support cratered. So, after attacking President Trump relentlessly, Cuomo’s long-standing chickens have now come home to roost and so he basically said he needed to go. And it is difficult to disagree with him.
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