New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is down, but not out. Just ask Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Breaking with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the House speaker has refused to call for Cuomo’s resignation as he faces bruising scandals over sexual harassment and a cover-up of COVID-19 deaths in New York’s nursing homes, Fox News reports.
The governor has fallen far from where he was a year ago, when his daily press briefings on the coronavirus won him an Emmy award and rapturous admiration from Democrats and their media allies.
In recent weeks, several women have accused Cuomo of harassing them, with one even alleging that he “aggressively groped” her. The lengths Cuomo went to cover-up deaths in nursing homes from the coronavirus are also being scrutinized like never before.
Asked about Cuomo on Sunday, Pelosi defended him, despite holding a “believe women” stance that Cuomo has also advocated (until now).
According to Fox, the speaker reiterated that she has “zero tolerance” for sexual harassment but nevertheless echoed Cuomo by saying he is entitled to due process.
“I think we should see the results of the investigation…but he may decide,” Pelosi told ABC News. “And hopefully this result will be soon. What I’m saying is the governor should look inside his heart — he loves New York — to see if he can govern effectively. And that could be one of the considerations that he has.”
Pelosi’s position is noticeably more defensive of Cuomo than that of her counterpart in the Senate, the most powerful Democrat in New York not named Cuomo.
Sen. Schumer caused a shock when he became one of the most high-profile members of his party to call for Cuomo to step down on Friday. The junior senator from New York, Kirsten Gillibrand (D), also called for Cuomo to resign.
“Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York,” the pair said in a statement, according to CNBC. “Governor Cuomo should resign.”
President Joe Biden, who has faced his own questions about his interactions with women as well as children, also refused to kick Cuomo to the curb on Sunday. “I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us,” Biden said, according to the New York Post.
For his part, Cuomo has steadfastly refused to step aside while criticizing calls for his resignation as a form of “cancel culture.”