Cuomo can be as “playful” as he wants with his younger aides, but he is not going to be able to play away the latest movements against him, in particular those commenced by the Republican representatives in New York’s state legislature.
Will Barclay, the New York State Assembly Minority Leader, laid out an impeachment plan for Cuomo on Monday, indicating that Cuomo does not exactly abound with “credibility and trust,” which directly contributes to his “inability to lead.”
“We’re going to introduce this resolution because we believe the time has come,” Barclay said. “In order to lead this great state as governor, you need to have credibility and trust … and unfortunately, we feel the governor has lost that and now has an inability to lead …
I don’t think I’ve used the term ‘bombshell’ especially this week, any time more in my life, it has been one bombshell after another.” [Source: Fox News]
In Cuomo’s case, it truly has been one bombshell after another. First, the investigation launched by State AG Letitia James revealed Cuomo’s lies about the nursing home catastrophes, notably his gross underestimation of the true number of fatalities.
Needless to say, Barclay had a few comments on that particular whopper of untruth.
“We had the AG report come out saying that the governor was underreporting nursing home deaths by as much as 50% … We had that secret political meeting where he had his top aides say they weren’t reporting the nursing home deaths because they were worried about a Department of Justice investigation—they were worried about the political fallout.” [Source: Fox News]
Second, Cuomo has managed to end up in another scandal through his own notoriously “playful” behavior over the years, which clearly didn’t feel like very much fun to the recipients of his “jokes.” At this point, five women and counting, as recalled by Barclay.
“Then we had five courageous women come forward to talk about their abuse, sexual harassment, and other abuse at the hands of the governor.”
[Source: Fox News]
In other words, Cuomo is violently ricocheting back and forth between various inane situations, in a manner similar to the current presidential administration.
On top of that, Cuomo has also been displaying the preening arrogance that has enormously disengaged Americans in the first place, especially when he doubled down on his position on resignation recently.
Barclay and other Republicans, not to mention several Democrats, were not impressed by Cuomo’s proclamations that he would not resign under any circumstances, a declaration that merely (and ironically) hastened Barclay’s actions against them.
“As you heard the governor say yesterday, I’m not going to resign, if you want to get rid of me, start impeachment … But we think now is the time to act. We think it’s time to commence impeachment.” [Source: Fox News]
Exactly. After all, Cuomo himself was quick to act when the first absurd impeachment charges were levied against Trump, calling for an investigation into just about every potential (fake) angle possible. Just consider the words from his very own spokesperson, Dani Lever.
“The Governor strongly believes that the paths to investigate must include the allegations of the President’s solicitation of foreign assistance, the President’s abuse of power in effectively extorting the Ukrainian president with federal funds, the reported cover up by the Attorney General of a complaint that implicated Barr himself, and the tampering with government documents in the attempt to secret the transcripts.” [Source: Politico]
Well, that’s nice. Now multiple Republicans and more than one Democrat “strongly believe” that the women who have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment should also have a chance to be heard, in spite of Cuomo’s rather blatant attempts to deny their claims.
After all, just last week six Democrat lawmakers from New York signed a letter jointly, calling for an investigation into Cuomo’s antics.
“The accounts of sexual harassment from the women who have courageously come forward confirm what many in Albany have known for years: that Governor Cuomo uses his power to belittle, bully and harass his employees and colleagues … The accounts add to recent revelations of gross misconduct. It is time for the legislature to demand accountability.” [Source: Breitbart]
Now let’s see how long it takes Cuomo to respond to the latest movements against him … As well as how long his denial will persist.