The firestorm that has engulfed the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is intensifying as his fellow Democrats are demanding answers on the state’s nursing home deaths and his role in a shocking cover-up.
On Friday, the reeling Cuomo received another body blow after Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lent her star power to those calling for an investigation into his leadership during the COVID crisis.
AOC issued a statement declaring her support of local officials who are seeking answers from Cuomo following a bombshell admission by a top aide that the governor deliberately concealed nursing home data from authorities.
According to a New York Post report, secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa apologized to her fellow Democrats for the cover-up during a conference call, saying that Cuomo did not want to give then-President Donald J. Trump a “giant political football” in the months before the election.
Already on the hot seat, the temperature has been dialed up now that Ocasio-Cortez and her massive social media following have stepped in.
According to AOC’s statement:
“I support our state’s return to co-equal governance and stand with our local officials calling for a full investigation of the Cuomo administration’s handling of nursing homes during COVID-19. Thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers lost their lives in nursing homes throughout the pandemic. Their loved ones and the public deserve answers and transparency from their elected leadership, and the Secretary to the Governor’s remarks warrant a full investigation.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement of a probe into the nursing home death scandal is the icing on the cake of Cuomo’s woeful week that included news that the FBI could be launching its own investigation.
Cuomo couldn’t even get a break from left-wing radical Alec Baldwin:
If Cuomo threatened Ron Kim’s career, Cuomo should resign.
— AlecBaldwin(HABF) (@AlecBaldwin) February 18, 2021
Saturday Night Live’s “fake Trump” was triggered after Cuomo vowed to destroy the career of New York State Assembly member Ron Kim, who is also a Democrat.
Kim told CNN:
“Gov. Cuomo called me directly on Thursday to threaten my career if I did not cover up for Melissa and what she said. He tried to pressure me to issue a statement, and it was a very traumatizing experience,” Kim said. Cuomo proceeded to tell the assemblyman that “we’re in this business together and we don’t cross certain lines and he said I hadn’t seen his wrath and that he can destroy me.”
Cuomo’s intimidation tactics also include his frequent use of telephone calls to threaten those who are not in lockstep with his dictatorial impulses.
Many New York political figures have described receiving angry calls late in the evening, or at other inopportune times, and being unable to get off the phone with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. https://t.co/IJXvjfgbZt
— POLITICO (@politico) February 19, 2021
Cuomo’s bullying phone calls which often come late at night are detailed in a report by Politico:
Rep. Tom Reed was pulled off on the side of an upstate New York road, somewhere along the 40-mile stretch between Ithaca and Corning, being berated for about 45 minutes straight.
On the other end of the line: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“I’ve never seen something like it,” Reed (R-N.Y.) said in an interview. “I’ve heard about the wrath and his anger, and that was the one time where I received it personally.”
Reed, who backed the legislation, said Cuomo’s anger seared itself in his memory for how over the top it was, tattering their professional relationship since.
“That leadership gets old,” he said. “I think people — New Yorkers — get sick of it.”
Similar experiences for other New York political figures, only a fraction of which are public knowledge, have become commonplace in recent years and transcend political affiliation and other dividing lines. Many describe receiving angry calls late in the evening, or at other inopportune times, and being unable to get off the phone with New York’s most powerful official. Warnings and browbeating aren’t unusual, say those familiar with the governor’s approach.”
Despite the media turning Cuomo into a false idol, the knives are now out for him and AOC just buried one right between his shoulder blades.