As if Andrew Cuomo needed any more trouble this week, it turns out that his allies in the White House aren’t exactly as steadfast as he would have liked to believe.
Cuomo is facing a barrage of controversy in the early days of 2021, as his decision to use New York’s nursing homes as overflow COVID-19 facilities comes under intense scrutiny, and those around him detail the New York Governor’s attempts to silence those who sought to speak out on the subject.
And then there are the numerous allegations of pervasive and consistent sexual harassment that have come to light in recent days, which have prompted a number of the Empire State leader’s allies to suggest that he might resign.
Now, in a conveniently-time bit of leakage, it turns out that folks on the Biden team were never really fond of the guy to begin with.
Joe Biden’s aides were furious that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a self-serving video for the 2020 Democratic National Convention and asked his camp to redo it — but they refused, a new book says.
“Every four years, Democrats asked themselves the same question about the New York governor and former Housing and Urban Development secretary: ‘How is Andrew Cuomo going to f- – us this time?’’ write the authors of “Lucky: How Joe Biden Barely Won the Presidency.’’
At the convention four years earlier, Cuomo had jarred on “for double his allotted time,’’ while his team refused to participate in fact-checking sessions beforehand, the book says.
Then last year, when Cuomo “was supposed to use his credibility to explain why Biden had the best plan for dealing with the pandemic,’’ he instead “recorded something of a tribute to himself,’’ write authors Jonathan Allen of NBC News and Amie Parnes of The Hill.
While the White House itself has remained quiet about Cuomo’s latest scandals, the timing of this leak of information allows the nation to read between the lines of how Biden and his inner circle feel on the subject.