Disgraced ex-NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo is plotting a comeback and it's both horrifying and amazing
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Here in Brooklyn we have an expression. Pronounced with exasperation it goes, “This freakin’ guy over here…” It’s not a compliment. And if you look up that particular outer borough bon mot these days you’ll see a picture of the smug, smiling face of former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
A mere seven months after what seemed like half the women in his orbit credibly accused him of harassment, forcing him to resign, he’s making a comeback. It’s equal parts horrifying and amazing.
The gobsmacking gall of Cuomo is truly something to behold, even for New York.
His meteoric rise and shambolic fall against the backdrop of the COVID was symbolic of our society’s disastrous response to the pandemic.
Now his farcical attempt at political rehabilitation is a clue as to how Democrat governors will come to terms with their failures. With a straight face they will claim they did a great job.
FILE –NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 12: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the daily media briefing at the Office of the Governor of the State of New York on June 12, 2020, in New York City.
(Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)
Back in August of last year his resignation came as a surprise to many who have followed his career, most expected him to fight to the end in the face of calls for his impeachment. What is now clear is that Cuomo was not falling on his sword, he was living to fight another day, and that day is now as he runs political ads and reports suggest he will run for governor again.
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The first obvious point to make about this Hindenburg of hubris is that neither he nor any Democrat who supports him get to say another word about believing all women. Let’s recall that this freakin’ guy, with a straight face no less, actually said that he gets a little handsy because he’s Italian. No, he really said that.
While his shenanigans with the fairer sex are more than enough to disqualify him from any position of power, it’s not even the biggest reason why the Cuomo comeback must be mocked into oblivion. That would of course be his deadly handling of nursing homes that killed thousands which he lied about while authoring a book celebrating it.
FILE – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during an event to announce that New York will lift ‘virtually all’ Covid-19 restrictions, after the state cleared the threshold of 70 percent vaccinated, at One World Trade Center in New York on June 15, 2021
Just this week the New York Comptroller reported that Cuomo’s Health Department undercounted the number of nursing home deaths in the state by at least 4,100 souls. This cynical obfuscation was meant to protect the former governor from any blame for his deadly decision to force COVID positive patients into facilities where the virus ravaged elderly populations.
What Andrew Cuomo is counting on is that Democrats nationally and in the Empire state will be eager to rewrite the history of our COVID response and restore him to the farcical pedestal he was placed upon early in the pandemic.
Fueled by corrupt practices at CNN allowing him fawning coverage by his own brother Chris, who himself would be fired in disgrace, the myth of Cuomo the great COVID hero is rearing its ugly, lying head again.
And here’s the thing on this. It might work. One poll has him within 4 points of current governor Kathy Hochul for the nomination. And if this smarmy, slimy, and second rate scion of New York’s most famed political family is to succeed it will be by painting himself as the victim of his critics.
FILE – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at New York’s Yankee Stadium, on July 26, 2021.
(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
In his perverse mind the women alleging harassment aren’t the victims, the families of those who died because of his policies aren’t the victims, the small business owners he crushed aren’t the victims, the kids who couldn’t get an education aren’t the victims, he is. This freakin’ guy, indeed.
This isn’t really a Cuomo comeback. He never left.
But rest assured, no matter how many sycophantic Democrats in Albany creep back into his good graces, there are those of us who know, who lived through the debacle of his failed leadership, and who will never, ever let the world forget what a horrible little man he really is.
Andrew Cuomo wants to be governor again. Well, we have another expression here in Brooklyn: fuggedaboutit.
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