Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s refusal to resign amid escalating sexual harassment scandals and a probe of his handling of nursing home COVID-19 death has put him “in the way of us saving lives right now” in the fight against the virus, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” show, de Blasio, a fellow Democrat who has often publicly spatted with Cuomo, said he believes the governor will “try to hold” out despite increasing calls from his party’s leaders in Albany and Washington to step down.
“I think he is used to getting things his way, and it's been almost an imperial governorship,” de Blasio charged.
But that refusal is affecting the battle against COVID-19 in the state, the mayor alleged.
“The folks in this state and the political leadership don't believe him anymore,” de Blasio said. “He doesn't have any credibility. So I think an impeachment proceeding will begin, and I think he will be impeached and perhaps right before that he'll decide to resign. That's probably the most likely outcome right now.
“But I've got to tell you something. He should resign right now because he's holding up our effort to fight COVID. He's literally in the way of us saving lives right now.”
According to de Blasio, the governor has been more concerned about his “public image” and “political future” as he faces multiple sexual-harassment allegations and claims that his administration covered up COVID-19 nursing-home deaths.
“It was not about what people needed,” he said.
“It was about campaign contributions,” he added. “The nursing home industry, the big hospital systems, they gave him millions and millions of dollars and he went easy on them. And he tried to cover up for everyone. Not just him, but his donors. And I think the investigations are going to prove this.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James last Monday appointed a former federal prosecutor and an employment lawyer to investigate allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed female aides. And on Thursday, New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie last week announced he’d authorized the chamber’s judiciary committee to begin an impeachment investigation into allegations of misconduct by Cuomo.
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