It has been a while since the nation has heard from scandal-plagued New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
During the presser, Cuomo faced questions about swirling accusations, which include mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic, abusive behavior toward political opponents, harassment of female staffers, ethical questions about his book on leadership, and a New York Times report that he used slurs against transexuals and Jews.
The governor adamantly denied doing anything wrong and said his accusers were “angry” and “jealous” opportunists hungry for attention.
Cuomo came under fire last year for his failed response to the pandemic, which included putting COVID-positive patients in nursing homes with vulnerable populations. The move led to the deaths of thousands of longterm-care facility residents.
Then came the reported cover-up. A staffer from the governor’s office admitted to Democratic lawmakers that the governor had purposefully underreported the number of deaths and attempted to cover up the deadly screwup.
Those reports were followed by accusations from members of the media and multiple Democratic officials — including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio — that Cuomo regularly engaged in threats and intimidation against anyone he felt was a political foe.
All the while, Cuomo’s book on leadership in a time of crisis praising his own efforts in handling the pandemic was getting panned. As the governor’s critics both took on the content of the book and the governor’s apparent lack of self-awareness, reporters began to uncover reports that the governor may have inappropriately used state resources to research and write his book — a book that saw a $4 million payday for Cuomo.
As the COVID and political abuse allegations continued to gain steam, women began to come out of the woodwork to accuse Cuomo of inappropriate sexual behavior and harassment.
And then just a couple weeks ago, the New York Times Magazine reported on Cuomo’s history of multiple inappropriate remarks, including an anti-trans