The Democrat said on Tuesday Andrew Cuomo was stepping down after a New York prosecutor's investigation found he had sexually harassed eleven women.
“Andrew Cuomo has finally resigned”, headline, relieved, Jezebel. Tuesday, August 10, a week after the publication of "a resounding report" noting accusations of sexual harassment brought against him by eleven women, in the words of the American feminist site, the governor of the State of New York announced that he would leave his post in fourteen days.
“Given the circumstances, the best thing to do right now is to step aside,” he said at a televised press conference from Albany, the state capital.
The 63-year-old Democrat “succumbs to a sexual harassment scandal that has caused an astonishing turnaround for one of the country's best-known leaders,” writes The New York Times.
Andrew Cuomo's assistant Kathy Hochul will take over and become the first woman to hold the post.
“He can no longer count on the defense of the 'old Italian man'”
During the “hardly sustainable speech” he delivered on Tuesday, in Jezebel's words, the governor once again denied the facts with which he is accused. He criticized the report as flawed and said the most serious allegations, including touching a female collaborator, had no factual basis. “When there is a bias or a lack of fairness in the justice system, it is a concern for everyone, ” he said.
The governor, however, apologized for offending the women named in the report and said he took “full responsibility” for his actions. “I was too familiar with people. My sense of humor can be callous and off-putting. I hug and casually kiss people, women, and men. I've been doing it all my life, explained Andrew Cuomo. In my mind, I have never crossed the line with anyone. But I didn't realize how much the border had been redrawn. ”
“He presented himself as an ally of survivors of sexual violence, and not as an author of it, and even suggested that his affections were simply cultural”, decrypts Jezebel. However, the site warns, “Cuomo can no longer count on the defense of the 'old Italian man': he is now the subject of a criminal investigation and, according to the New York Times, could be the subject of several lawsuits. ”.
If he notes the “defiant tone” adopted by Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday, the New York Times is above all marked by its “spectacular fall”, “shocking by its speed” and its “vertiginous” character. “A year ago, he was hailed as a national hero for his steadfast leadership in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic”, but he withdrew when he was now “threatened with impeachment”, explains the newspaper.
"The resignation of Mr. Cuomo ends a ten-year term as governor and a political career that began four decades helping his father, Mario Cuomo, when the latter was governor of New York," retains his side the Wall Street Journal.
His departure “marks the end of a political dynasty spanning nearly half a century” in the state, observes NPR.
It's a staggering downfall for Cuomo, a political heir whose last name sounds like that of royalty in New York City. His father, Mario, a three-term governor, is revered in the state. […] A Cuomo has held office at the state or federal level for forty of the past forty-six years.
What if he comes back?
The withdrawal of Andrew Cuomo could be only temporary, estimates for its part The Atlantic.
Cuomo, still plotting, may not be done yet; he concluded his speech [Tuesday] with a long recitation of his achievements as governor. There are already rumors that he could attempt a comeback by running again in 2022 and asking voters, not state lawmakers, to deliver a final verdict. ”
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