Despite being pressured to step down after being caught in two separate scandals, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has repeatedly insisted that he will not resign. If he isn’t willing to step aside willingly, some have argued he must be removed.
Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean, a long-time critic of the governor and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, is calling on New York legislators to bring impeachment proceedings against Cuomo, Fox News reported.
“I don’t think [Cuomo] will resign, that’s not what he is all about,” Dean said Monday on Fox & Friends. “He will never resign even though he has told other lawmakers and politicians to resign for much less.”
Cuomo’s nursing home scandal
After almost a year of glowing media coverage, the truth about the Cuomo administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is finally coming to light.
First, the governor made the decision to send patients who tested positive for the virus back into nursing homes in his state, undoubtedly facilitating the spread of the deadly disease among the most vulnerable part of the population.
Now, Cuomo and his administration have been exposed for actively working to cover up the true number of coronavirus-related nursing home deaths by forcing state officials to misreport the numbers, keeping the true totals from the Department of Justice and the public.
Dean, who has called Cuomo’s actions “criminal,” lost both her in-laws after they contracted the coronavirus in one of New York’s long-term care facilities.
The sexual harassment scandal
In addition to the COVID cover-up, several women have come forward in recent weeks to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment.
One recent accusation came from Ana Liss, who worked for Cuomo as his policy and operations aide from 2013 to 2015. Liss claimed that Cuomo kissed her hand, touched her lower back, called her “sweetheart,” and asked her personal questions, according to The Wall Street Journal. All of Cuomo’s accusers’ accounts are fairly similar.
Dean said she is not surprised by these allegations because Cuomo is a “power-hungry” politician who uses his powerful position in the government to harass both fellow lawmakers and women, Fox reported.
Lindsey Boyland, Cuomo’s original accuser and former aide, made a similar statement.
Despite the bipartisan criticism that Cuomo has received, he has thus far managed to escape any kind of real punishment. At the end of February, he offered a weak non-apology, claiming he may have been “insensitive” but that his actions were “misinterpreted.”