Andrew Cuomo’s resignation started as a full-throated protection, however ultimately, he had no selection.
It was only a matter of time.
The person who dominated New York state politics with an iron fist knew he was caught within the gears of justice, nevertheless unfair he claimed the equipment to be.
However he needed to go down swinging, and that’s what he did Tuesday.
And he did it from a script, once more taking no questions from reporters.
Cuomo, who confronted sure impeachment, proclaimed himself a fighter however stated he needed to spare his constituents months of authorized battles. It’s equally true that he had no allies left in his celebration, from the White Home to Capitol Hill to Albany. And 70 p.c of registered voters in a New York ballot stated he ought to go.
In the long run, Cuomo’s strengths — the head-knocking, threatening, generally bullying model — turned out to be his deadly weak spot. His brawling ways helped his father Mario win the workplace 3 times, however his personal third time period is ending abruptly, solely due to self-inflicted wounds.
Cuomo’s protection, following a session together with his lawyer, intentionally gave no trace that the speech, and his profession, would take a closing flip. And a few of his makes an attempt to deflect and defuse probably the most severe accusations ranged from unhappy to appalling.
The governor (for 2 extra weeks) acted like he simply awakened from a protracted slumber and found this factor known as the #MeToo motion.
He “didn’t totally admire” the “generational and cultural shifts,” he stated. He appreciated to hug and kiss folks. He would slip and name girls ‘Honey’ and ‘Sweetheart.’ He by no means crossed the road, however, he stated, “I didn’t understand the extent to which the road has been redrawn.” That will have occurred again across the time of Harvey Weinstein and Invoice Cosby.
Cuomo saved making an attempt to string a rhetorical needle. Probably the most extreme allegations “don’t have any credible factual foundation,” he stated. However, “this isn’t to say there aren’t 11 girls I offended,” and for that “I deeply, deeply apologize.” His humorousness could possibly be “insensitive.”
I imply, critically? These girls have been revolted. They feared for his or her jobs. Some stated the governor was clearly making an attempt to sleep with them.
Forwards and backwards he went. Cuomo stated he had “no excuses.” However he additionally stated he didn’t recall touching the state trooper’s abdomen as she held the door for him. “But when she stated I did it, I consider her.” That was “completely inconsiderate,” “disrespectful” and “a mistake.” He ought to have realized a few of the girls would discover his conduct “offensive.”
Cuomo sounded just like the lawyer he’s, denying prison legal responsibility for touching or groping but in addition throwing himself on the mercy of the courtroom of public opinion.
He invoked his three daughters, wanting them to know that he respects girls’s rights and acknowledges he made errors. However he’s additionally seeking to historical past’s judgment.
Those that insisted the Democrat would by no means step down could have forgotten that he bailed out of a 2002 main for governor as soon as it turned clear he had no probability to win. That sparked some media chatter that by avoiding impeachment, Cuomo preserves the choice of working once more sooner or later. In the mean time, that looks like the longest of lengthy photographs.
Again in 1988, once I interviewed Cuomo about his efforts to construct housing for the homeless — with assist from his dad’s authorities — he denied utilizing that as a political springboard. “I’ve no future plans for elective workplace,” he informed me. I knew that was a crock. After a pause he added: “I really feel like Mario speaking in regards to the presidential race.”
His father by no means did make a bid for the White Home, and neither did his son. In a little bit of historic irony, the politician accused of mistreating girls is clearing the way in which for the state’s first feminine chief, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who was at all times squeezed out of his internal circle.
From a liberal perspective, Cuomo completed an excellent deal throughout his decade in workplace, although his early efforts on Covid have been badly marred by his mishandling of nursing dwelling deaths. However all that’s overshadowed now. As soon as a famous person married to a Kennedy, he tarnished the household title and created large issues for his brother Chris.
Andrew Cuomo needed to make historical past, and everybody now is aware of how his obituary will start.