By Quentin Choy
Following months of investigations into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, he has announced that he plans to resign, vacating the governorship in two weeks.
Cuomo is accused of sexually harassing at least 11 women and was under investigation by New York Attorney General, Letitia James.
Prominent Democrats including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Chuck Schumer, and President Biden called for Cuomo to resign as governor.
New York’s Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul will replace Cuomo following his departure from office in two weeks.
Hochul commented on Cuomo’s resignation to The New York Times, saying:
“It is the right thing to do and in the best interest of New Yorker. As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State’s 57th governor.”Kathy Hochul, New York lieutenant governor
Originally, I was skeptical and didn’t think Cuomo would ever resign as governor. However, I’m glad I was proven wrong.
Cuomo’s resignation is good for Democrats because it pushes away any ideas of hypocrisy or virtue signaling on sexual assault and harassment.
Criticisms of people like Donald Trump and Brett Kavanaugh’s pasts of sexual harassment are easy for Democrats to do.
However, Joe Biden’s accusations of sexual harassment with Tara Reade were hardly discussed as he became the Democratic nominee.
It’s good for Democrats to be consistent and principled in their opposition to sexual harassment, especially when committed by members of their own part.
Democrats’ willingness to call for justice and investigation into members of their own party shows Americans that they see opposition to sexual harassment as a principle rather than a political ploy.
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