The calls for Andrew Cuomo to resign as governor of New York are now reaching deafening levels as the mayor of New York and nearly 60 Democrats from within the state legislature have added their voices to the chorus:
CNBC – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and nearly 60 Democratic members of New York’s legislature demanded Thursday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, himself a Democrat, resign because of multiple sexual harassment claims and a cover-up of Covid death data by his administration.
The demands came a day after an Albany newspaper reported that a member of Cuomo’s staff had accused him of groping her in the governor’s mansion last year.
“It’s deeply troubling,” de Blasio, a frequent antagonist of his fellow Democrat Cuomo, said during a news conference.
“The specific allegation that the governor called an employee of his, someone who he had power over, called them to a private place and then sexually assaulted her is absolutely unacceptable to me,” de Blasio said.
“It is disgusting to me, and he can no longer serve as governor.”
And Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, another Democrat, in a statement Thursday said: “In light of allegations concerning the Governor over the last several weeks, I will be meeting with members in conference today on potential paths forward.”
Cuomo, who has repeatedly refused to resign in the past week, denied the allegation.
I have never done anything like this,” Cuomo said through a spokesperson Wednesday.
But three other former Cuomo aides, as well as several other women, already had accused him of sexual harassment, or making inappropriate comments and physical contact.
There are now enough Democrats calling for Cuomo to resign that, if they wanted, could join with Republicans and impeach Cuomo:
Cuomo “has lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature, rendering him ineffective in this time of most urgent need,” the 59 Democratic members of the state Assembly and Senate said in a joint letter calling for the Democratic governor to step down.
The number of signatories to that demand comprise nearly 40% of the Democratic Party’s total membership in the Assembly and Senate, where it holds rock-solid majorities.
Forty of the letter signers serve in the Assembly. If all of those Democrats joined forces with the 43 Republicans in the Assembly, they would have seven more votes than the minimum 76 votes required to impeach the governor.
I don’t see how Cuomo can stay in office with this much pressure for him to resign. It’s one thing for Republicans to call for his resignation in a blue state. It’s entirely another for state Democrats to want him out and to publicly call for it.
But let’s be for real about this. Some of them, like De Blasio, see how wounded Cuomo is now and are clearly going for the kill shot to get him out of the way because they want his job. This isn’t just about the scandals.
So how long before Cuomo finally gives up and submits his resignation? A day? A week? A month? Or will he keep fighting until he’s impeached?
ARTICLE SOURCE: newsthud.com