‘Hmm….’ Gov Cuomo receives another dubious award, but this one sticks for all the wrong reasons

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest award for his “inspired leadership” and the irony of his thanks to one of his mentors set off a fresh wave of backlash.

Just weeks after the Democrat leader was awarded an Emmy for his coronavirus press conferences, he was named one of the recipients of this year’s Edward M. Kennedy Institute Award for Inspired Leadership. Cuomo, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ,were given the 2020 honor on Wednesday.

Cuomo, who was married for 15 years to Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, gave a shout out of thanks to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy for teaching him about “humanity, leadership and putting people first.”

“I learned so much from Senator Kennedy. I had the good fortune to be working in Washington when he was in the Senate. I was the secretary of Housing and Urban Development,” Cuomo said in video from the virtual event. “His lesson of substance first. It’s about making accomplishments, it’s about getting results. He was extraordinary.”

(Source: Cuomo/YouTube)

“I miss Senator Ted Kennedy. I miss his leadership, I miss his spirit, I miss his personality. I miss his record of accomplishments, I miss his laugh. I miss his personal touch, the charisma, and the inspiration. The inspiration,” Cuomo said.

“He was inspirational as a government leader. And God bless everyone involved in the institute for keeping that alive. He was one of the greats. The greats. And a role model for many of us. I know for me,” he added.

The governor’s tone-deaf thanks to the late member of the Kennedy family brought on renewed anger, especially from Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean who lost both of her in-laws from COVID-19 in New York City due to controversial rules Cuomo allowed requiring nursing homes to accept returning patients even if they had tested positive for coronavirus.

Cuomo was slammed for being honored despite the thousands of people who died in the state, which was the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic at its height.

He was called out for receipt of the 2020 Edward M. Kennedy Award for Inspired Leadership and for his vocal gratitude to Kennedy, who died in 2009 after serving as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years. Cuomo was quickly reminded of the Chappaquiddick scandal that plagued Kennedy for years after he caused the crash that ended the life of his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne.

Twitter users showed no mercy in obliterating Cuomo’s dubious award.

Frieda Powers


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