How is it that the Democratic leadership — President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — did not ask NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign on Sunday?
Both pols bucked the party line of calling for his resignation over sexual harassment charges and said they want to wait and see what becomes of the independent probe into the allegations. State Democrats including Sens. Kristen Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer — have called for Cuomo to resign.
“I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us,” Biden told a pool reporter on Sunday. Earlier in the day Pelosi suggested the same, “And what I’m saying is the governor should look inside his heart — he loves New York — to see if he can govern effectively. I think we should see the results of the investigation.”
Cuomo has defiantly said he will not fall to “cancel culture” and will stay in office until the investigation is complete.
Earlier in the weekend news broke that a former Cuomo aide, who now is heading up the state’s vaccination program, was making calls to county leaders asking for support for the governor.
Larry Schwartz, the former secretary to the governor, was leading the phone call campaign over the last two weeks as seven woman have accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct or worse.
Some county execs felt the calls were inappropriate since Schwartz is leading New York’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Some execs felt they may be put in a tough position of showing support in order to get the life-saving vaccine for their residents.
Schwartz admitted to making the calls but told the Washington Post, “I did nothing wrong,” and described the calls as “cordial, respectful and friendly.”
Let’s see how Cuomo avoids media questions on Monday as ironically the Emmy-award winning governor now avoids TV press conferences.