New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shockingly announced on Tuesday that he would resign in 14 days following an explosive investigation that found he had sexually harassed 11 women.
“And I think that given the circumstances the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to government, and therefore that is what I’ll do, because I work for you, and doing the right thing, is doing the right thing for you,” Cuomo somberly stated during a news briefing.
“I’m a New Yorker, born and bred. I’m a fighter and my instinct is to fight through this controversy because I truly believe it is politically motivated, I believe it is unfair and it is untruthful and I believe it demonizes behavior that is unsustainable for society,” he stated.
Cuomo added: “It is a matter of life and death. Government operations and wasting energy on distraction is the last thing government should be,” he said. “I cannot be the cause. New York tough means New York loving. And I love New York and I love you. Everything I have ever done has been motivated by that love and I would never want to be unhelpful in any way.”
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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will step in to take Cuomo’s place once his resignation is effective. She will be the state’s first female governor. Cuomo insisted that “the transition must be seamless.”
Although Cuomo is resigning, he’s still defending his egregious behavior. He stated he could not deny the “way the political wind is blowing.”
Cuomo noted that the investigation and the impeachment “will consume government, it will cost taxpayers millions of dollars, it will brutalize people.”
Attorney General Letitia James’ report found Cuomo “sexually harassed multiple women and violated state law.” He has repeatedly denied the allegations, but admitted he has “been too familiar with people” and apologized to the women he “truly offended.”
The report described an “unsafe” and “hostile” work environment in Cuomo’s office.
Just before the governor announced his resignation, his attorney, Rita Glavin, stated, “This is about the veracity and credibility of a report that is being used to impeach and take down an elected official.”
Brittany Commisso, who is one of the women who is referenced in the investigation, told “CBS This Morning” and the Albany Times Union that she believes that Cuomo knows he broke the law and that he needs to be “held accountable.”
“There’s a difference between being an affectionate and warm person. Sexual harassment is completely different,” she declared. “The governor knows that what he did to me and what he did to these 10 other women, whether it be a comment or an actual physical contact, was sexual harassment. He broke the laws that he himself created.”
Cuomo’s announcement follows the resignation of one of his top advisers, Melissa DeRosa, who stepped down Sunday evening.
Cuomo addressed his three daughters over the charges, “I want them to know from the bottom of my heart that I never did and I never would intentionally disrespect a woman, treat any woman differently than I would want them treated and that is the God’s honest truth.”
“Your dad made mistakes. And he apologized, and he learned from it and that’s what life is all about,” the governor told them.
While Cuomo is resigning for harassing women, he has still not answered for the thousands of deaths of the elderly in nursing homes attributed to his handling of the pandemic.
Response to Cuomo’s resignation was swift and some want to know what his brother CNN host Chris Cuomo will do as well:
Well, I hope Cuomo has learned a valuable lesson: it’s okay to kill thousands of old people but making uncomfortable comments to your female subordinates is simply a bridge too far.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 10, 2021
Will never get over how Cuomo grabbing every ass in a five mile radius drove him to resign more than sending thousands of old people to their deaths in nursing homes
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 10, 2021
Will @ChrisCuomo do the right thing like his brother did?
You told us before how much you hate what you do. Show the world who you are.
Take a stand that people will remember forever and walk away from them.
It’s time, Chris.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 10, 2021
Governor Cuomo made the right decision to resign. This is a good day for the citizens of New York.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) August 10, 2021
And there it is. Cuomo says he will resign as governor of New York.
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 10, 2021
Nearly every well-known, elected Democrat has called on Cuomo to resign but Kamala Harris is silent.
Why is the first female VP not weighing in on this?
— Claudia Tenney (@claudiatenney) August 5, 2021
In order for true justice to be done, Cuomo ought to have to resign alone in a hospital room without any access to family.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 10, 2021
Make no mistake, this is the result of survivors bravely telling their stories. It was past time for Andrew Cuomo to resign and it’s for the good of all New York.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 10, 2021
I'd have preferred for Cuomo to resign because he was being prosecuted for murdering thousands of elderly New Yorkers and then lying about it.
But I'll take his resignation all the same.
— Spike Cohen (@RealSpikeCohen) August 10, 2021
He. Is. Out. God bless America.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) August 10, 2021
Andrew Cuomo resigned, ultimately, because he would be impeached and convicted, removed from government in disgrace. Now he resigns in disgrace. He joins Eliot Spitzer as the second NY governor in the last 13 years to resign from office.
— Ross Barkan (@RossBarkan) August 10, 2021
— Eric Cohen (@ebcinpa) August 10, 2021
To all the sanctimonious hacks who diminished @JaniceDean as just the “weather” person as she called att’n to the bullying, illegal, immoral practices of the now-disgraced Andrew Cuomo, thank you for helping to motivate her even more. Soledad, Dowd, Stiller, etc
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) August 10, 2021
How long till @cnn launches their new prime-time show Cuomo & Cuomo?
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 10, 2021
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