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After Cuomo Crashes and Burns, Democrats Must Ask Uncomfortable Questions

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13.08.2021

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is stepping down under the threat of an inevitable impeachment. It should spawn deeply uncomfortable questions that Democrats in New York and around the country must answer.

A Democrat-led investigation was too much for Cuomo to survive politically. But it wasn't an investigation into the 15,000 senior citizens who died in nursing homes thanks to the governor's COVID-era policies. It wasn't even an investigation into his administration's purported cover-up of the nursing home scandal.

Cuomo is leaving office thanks to an alleged culture of sexual harassment in his office. That culture, an investigation alleged, included awkward kisses and hugs, unwanted groping and comments of an inappropriate sexual nature to staff and others with whom he interacted.

In a lengthy press conference on Tuesday morning, Cuomo's attorney denied the allegations in great detail. Then, Cuomo delivered a performance actually worthy of an Emmy.

He's resigning not because he's guilty, but because he loves New York too much to put her through a gubernatorial impeachment. But, above all, he's innocent. Still, he apologized to the offended women before not-very-subtly casting himself as the victim.

"This is not to say that there are not 11 women who I truly offended. There are, and for that, I deeply, deeply apologize," he said. "I thought a hug and putting my arm around a staff person while taking a picture was friendly, but she found it to be too forward. I kissed a woman on the cheek at a wedding, and I thought I was being nice, but she felt that it was too aggressive. I have slipped and called people 'honey,' 'sweetheart' and 'darling.' I meant it to be endearing, but women found it dated and........

© Newsweek


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