During the coronavirus pandemic, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo became the darling of the left for his adversarial treatment of former President Donald Trump. However, the dark underbelly of his administration during that time is just beginning to be exposed.
While some were calling for Cuomo’s resignation over claims of sexual harassment, one of Cuomo’s top aides may have been distributing COVID-19 vaccines to areas of the state based on promises of political support, the Washington Examiner reported. The state’s Attorney General, Letitia James, is now investigating the matter as a part of a larger investigation that could lead to the impeachment of the embattled New York governor.
Larry Schwartz, a volunteer adviser who headed the state’s vaccine distribution efforts, allegedly pressed at least six Democratic county executives on whether they would support the embattled governor as accusations of sexual misconduct mounted. Investigators were tipped off after a county executive filed a complaint with James’s office.
“Right at the time that every county was working, and desperately needed more vaccines, to receive a call from the person who was responsible for allocating those doses gauging political loyalty to the governor was an obvious conflict, and at best ethically gray,” an unnamed county executive who fielded one of Schwartz’s calls said. The aide has denied the allegations as has an attorney for Cuomo who claimed some were “distorting Larry’s role or intentions for headlines maligns a decades-long public servant.”
If this is true, it’s another charge of misconduct surrounding his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo has been accused of pressing health officials to give special access to COVID-19 testing to some of his cronies while supplies were short for the public.
However, his disastrous nursing home policy that mandated infected patients be sent back to nursing homes for recovery is the bombshell issue. Many vulnerable patients contracted the virus and died as a result, and his office allegedly tried to cover up the number of deaths that policy caused.
Cuomo must have believed his own fawning press because even as he was making those awful blunders, he literally wrote the book on coronavirus response. In fact, another minor scandal is brewing surrounding whether he used state resources when writing “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
The governor is finally facing a well-deserved firestorm of political pressure over the scandals. Without the ability to beat up on Trump, he’s no longer useful to the Democratic party, and now every misstep will come to light as they dispense with the used-up lawmaker.