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The Walls Close In on Cuomo
Jeffrey Lord
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo at news briefing, New York City, October 5, 2020 (lev radin/Shutterstock.com)

Uh-oh.

Here’s the headline at Fox News:

New York Republicans announce Cuomo impeachment resolution: ‘We believe the time has come’

Cuomo is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and a federal probe into his administration’s tally on COVID-19 deaths tied to nursing homes

The Fox story begins this way:

Republicans in the New York State Assembly on Monday announced an impeachment resolution against Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying they believe the Democratic governor has lost “credibility and trust” and has an “inability to lead” the state of New York amid sexual harassment allegations leveled against him and investigations into his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

New York State Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, alongside other Republicans, laid out the plan to introduce an impeachment resolution on Monday.

Gov. Cuomo insists he will not resign. He was elected, he says, not by politicians but the people of New York.

Alas for the governor, those very same people of New York elect the members of the New York state Legislature. And a lot of the members in the Legislature — alarmingly for the governor — are Democrats saying they want him out of the governor’s office.

The Democrats’ State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins has come out and said, “For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”

The Democrat who serves as the New York state assembly speaker, Carl Heastie, said the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around Cuomo are “deeply troubling.” Heastie added, “We have many challenges to address, and I think it is time for the Governor to seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York.”

Stewart-Cousins and Heastie are not alone, either. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Cuomo’s fellow Democrat, tip-toed further toward an outright call for resignation, saying,

But people have to believe you to be effective as a leader and obviously you know what the state Senate majority leader said was a powerful statement. Unfortunately, you know, it’s a situation where fewer and fewer people are believing what the governor is saying and that has to be addressed… And I think there’s more information that’s going to come out that’ll just make it harder and harder.

De Blasio and Cuomo have a notoriously bad relationship — a frequent condition for New York governors and New York City mayors. But clearly, de Blasio would be all too happy to see Cuomo vanquished.

But others in the New York City Democratic political arena haven’t hesitated to sound out.

CNN is reporting that

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer joined two other mayoral candidates, Maya Wiley and Kathryn Garcia, who had previously said Cuomo should resign. Stringer urged the legislature to begin impeachment proceedings if he did not. Mark Levine, a New York City councilman who chairs its health committee, also said Cuomo should leave office.

All of which means that the impeachment resolution introduced by Republicans has a real chance of gaining support from a number of Democrats — and passing.

Cuomo, it must be said, has a point about refusing to resign. A resignation in an atmosphere that he doubtless sees as a witch hunt would in fact deny him what every American deserves — due process. And an impeachment trial is nothing if not due process when it is properly executed (as it was not with the Trump impeachments).

How would a Cuomo impeachment work? New York’s WNYT describes the process as follows:

The state impeachment process is similar to impeaching a president. It starts with the introduction of articles of impeachment, which must be voted on by the state Assembly.

If approved in the Assembly, then an impeachment trial would begin in the state Senate. The lieutenant governor, members of the Senate and judges from the Court of Appeals preside.

A conviction requires two-thirds of the state Senate to vote for impeachment, similar to the U.S. Senate.

Make no mistake. Cuomo’s problem is that years of perceived political bullying, combined with now five accusations of sexual harassment and revelations of flat-out lying over his policy that sent thousands of seniors to their deaths in COVID-infected nursing homes, have now caught up to him.

One hit on the sidelines here is the credibility of the liberal media that last year was lionizing Cuomo as COVID-19 hit. The media lefties blithely accepted his word on the state’s COVID policies without a shred of doubt, much less independent investigation. As the Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell said, “The media are complicit in Governor Cuomo’s deceitful cover-up.”

Exactly.

One of the favorite, repeated, and constantly wrong mantras of the media during the Trump era was the prediction that “the walls are closing in on Donald Trump” and that he would be forced to resign or forced out by being convicted in an impeachment trial. It never happened.

But that saying could be seriously accurate about the fate of New York’s governor.

Gov. Cuomo is in trouble. Big trouble.

And he knows it.

Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at jlpa1@aol.com. His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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