The stunning reversal of fortune that has beset New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in recent weeks continues apace, with even more high-powered Democrats now calling for his resignation over an escalating sexual misconduct scandal.
In a joint statement issued on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) added their names to the growing list of officials demanding that Cuomo step down due to the “multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against him, the Washington Examiner reported.
The senators’ move comes after nearly the entire New York Democratic Party has called for Cuomo’s resignation and also as a seventh accuser stepped forward to allege that the governor subjected her to “verbal and mental abuse after hiring her because of her physical appearance,” as the New York Daily News noted.
Though Schumer and Gillibrand were not among the first New York lawmakers at the federal level to pursue Cuomo’s ouster – Reps. Jerry Nadler, Caro
lyn Maloney, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Kathleen Rice had already done so prior to Friday afternoon’s statement – the two senators were reportedly targeted by Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan, who called them “cowards” and pledged to form an opposition political action committee if they did not take action, the Examiner noted.
Though he remains defiant in his refusal to leave office, Cuomo now faces mounting pressure from an ever-growing list of politicians seeking his exit, including numerous members of Congress, New York State Assembly members, state senators, New York City Council Members, four New York City mayoral candidates, current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, among others.
According to the New York Post, Cuomo is also being abandoned by members of his own staff, with a “well-placed insider” telling the outlet, “I hear that most people aren’t even coming into work, and the offices at the Capitol are empty,” adding:
He’ll fight and fight and fight, but the staffers I’ve talked to are ready for him to hang up the gloves. Everyone feels like there is an inevitable conclusion – I mean at some point will Biden call on him to step down? They just want this torture to stop.
Compounding Cuomo’s problems is the fact that on Thursday the New York State Assembly announced that it would launch an impeachment probe into the sexual misconduct allegation against the governor as well as his controversial handling of coronavirus patients in nursing homes throughout the state during the height of the pandemic, according to The Wall Street Journal.
What’s more, according to The Hill, a groping allegation against Cuomo made by a former aide was referred to the Albany Police Department on Wednesday, an indication that at least some of the conduct of which the governor has been accused could subject him to criminal prosecution.
Though President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have, incredibly, refused to formally weigh in on whether Cuomo needs to go, it appears that the governor’s grip on power grows more untenable by the day, no matter how tenaciously he tries to maintain it.