New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was among the first Democrats in New York to call for Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign. On “Face the Nation” he said that Cuomo will try to hold out from resigning until he’s impeached.
“I think he is used to getting things his way and it’s been almost an imperial governorship,” continued de Blasio. “But I got to tell you, the folks in the state and the political leadership don’t believe him anymore. He doesn’t have any credibility. So I think an impeachment proceeding will begin and I think he will be impeached and perhaps right before that he’ll decide to resign. That’s probably the most likely outcome right now. But I’ve got to tell you something. He should resign right now because he’s holding up our effort to fight covid. He’s literally in the way of us saving lives right now.”
“Face the Nation” host asked de Blasio if Cuomo’s administration “deliberately tried to cover up the scale of nursing home deaths?”
“I don’t have a doubt in my mind everything was about his public image, everything was about his political future. It was not about what people need it. And by the way, it was about campaign contributions, the nursing home industry, the big hospital systems, they gave him millions and millions of dollars and he went easy on them. I mean, he tried to cover up for everyone, not just him, but his donors. And I think the investigations are going to prove this, that this was a thoroughly corrupt situation and he just needs to resign so we can actually turn the page.”
And look, it’s an optimistic time as you started out this morning. It’s an optimistic time we got to put the past behind us. Well, and Andrew Cuomo can lead us into the future. Well, we’ve got the people of the state ready to reopen, but we need to get him out of the way to do it.
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