Fox News Channel meteorologist Janice Dean has become one of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fiercest and most persistent critics — particularly over his nursing home policies during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In light of Cuomo’s resignation this week amid allegations of sexual misconduct, Dean shared her astonishment and relief during an appearance on Outnumbered.
“I’m not going to lie”
She has campaigned for more than a year for Cuomo to be removed from power over the scandal involving nursing home deaths due to the virus. Nevertheless, she said she did not think he would voluntarily step down from the position.
In his announcement, Cuomo acknowledged that his “instinct” was to keep fighting the allegations he still denies.
“I didn’t think he was going to do it,” she told host Harris Faulkner.
Dean went on to explain that she “thought he was going to blame everybody else,” concluding: “I’m in shock, I’m not going to lie.”
“Some kind of divine intervention”
For her part, the longtime critic speculated that Cuomo must have believed he was backed into a corner with nowhere to turn. She noted that her family had recently discussed the possibility of his resignation earlier in the week at a memorial for her husband’s parents, who died of COVID-19.
“Some kind of divine intervention,” Dean added. “It happened the day after. I will say that I believe that being on the side of the angels has helped us. He has nowhere to go. He had nowhere to go. He was in a corner. People were jumping off the sinking ship like rats.”
Despite his resignation, she said it is still important to make sure that the thousands of seniors who died in the state’s nursing homes last year, including her in-laws, are not forgotten.
“I want justice for those brave women that came forward and I want justice for those who have no voice, who are in a grave right now because of his mandate,” she added.
In his statement, the governor claimed that he was motivated solely by what would be best for the state, asserting: “I think that given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside.”