A Quinnipiac University poll of New York voters indicates that a majority think that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) should be criminally charged for allegedly sexually harassing multiple staffers and state employees during his time as governor, the Daily Caller reported.
Roughly 55% of respondents to the poll said that Cuomo should face criminal charges, while just 29% said they did not think prosecution was necessary.
The poll also found that 70% of New Yorkers thought that Cuomo has lost his ability to govern the state and should resign, while only 25% thought he should remain in the governor’s mansion.
An attorney general’s report released earlier this week found that Cuomo did, in fact, harass at least 11 state employees and staffers — findings that have triggered multiple calls for his resignation, including from President Joe Biden.
Cuomo faces impeachment
Democrats and Republicans in the state legislature also called on Cuomo to resign, and are seemingly ready to begin impeachment proceedings if he doesn’t bow out on his own.
On his third term as governor, Cuomo had expected to easily win another term in 2022. Last year, during the pandemic, Cuomo was lauded by many Democrats and media allies for his daily briefings about the state’s response to a huge, early outbreak of COVID-19, and he was even mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate for 2020 before Biden was nominated and pledged to choose a Black woman as his running mate.
But the harassment allegations, along with reports that Cuomo and his office may have covered up nursing home deaths from the COVID-19 virus just as he was publishing a self-congratulatory book about his response to the pandemic, have thoroughly reversed his political fortunes.
Cuomo has continued to deny all of the allegations against him.
“I am 63 years old,” the governor said after the damning AG report was released. “I have lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am. And that is not who I have ever been.”
Defending his actions, Cuomo claimed that he’s just an affectionate Italian who likes to hug everybody as a way of greeting people. He went on to suggest that his 11 accusers simply misunderstood his intentions and misconstrued his affection.
His protestations haven’t held water, however, as the details of the report have emerged, which included a disturbing account of Cuomo putting his hand up an executive assistant’s blouse and grabbing her breast.
The report says Cuomo also pressured other staff members to keep quiet about his actions and sexually suggestive comments. Only time will tell if he’s impeached or ultimately resigns, but it’s probably safe to say that his political career will come to its final end, one way or another.