There really is no way that Andrew Cuomo can wriggle his way out of this one.
The New York Governor is being saddled with a number of scandals, some tragic and some salacious in nature, and in such rapid succession that it becomes hard to imagine a world in which he continues in politics.
This week, after he stood accused of sexually harassing no less than five women, Cuomo continued to insist that he had no reason to resign.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins became the first senior Democrat in the state to say the three-term governor should resign. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie stopped short of demanding that Cuomo quit, but said in a statement that “it is time for the Governor to seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York.”
On Saturday, two more women who worked for Cuomo publicly accused him of inappropriate behavior, on the heels of other allegations in recent weeks.
“Every day there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government,” Stewart-Cousins said in a statement. “New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it. We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”
Her public push for his resignation came shortly after a Sunday press conference where Cuomo said it would be “anti-democratic” for him to step down.
Cuomo simply wasn’t having it.
“There is no way I resign,” Cuomo told reporters.
“They don’t override the people’s will, they don’t get to override elections,” he said. “I was elected by the people of New York state. I wasn’t elected by politicians.”
Despite Cuomo’s indignation, there simply appears to be no way forward for the the embattled Democrat. Each day that he remains in the public eye is a risk to his reputation.