New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 just got significantly worse this week, as one of his aides dropped a total bombshell in a recent phone call with state Democrats with regard to their purposeful underreporting of COVID-19 deaths in local nursing homes.
According to Fox News, the fallout from the scandal is growing, as freshman New York Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) is already ordering Cuomo to submit his resignation over the controversy that was already brewing prior to the latest developments.
Not only did Tenney — who was just sworn-in to her position this week after a razor-thin victory over her opponent — call for Cuomo to step down, but she also suggested that his actions rose to a “criminal” level.
“I’ve called for Governor Cuomo’s resignation, I think this is probably going to look like criminal behavior,” Tenney said during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
“I think actually the governor, you know, just to do a service to New York State should resign. If we had a recall statute like they do in California, I think he would probably face recall. He really needs to be replaced,” Tenney said, doubling down on her call for his resignation.
Tenney didn’t simply come out of nowhere in issuing the demand that the governor resign. Long before she was close to becoming New York’s latest Republican lawmaker, Tenney was calling for former U.S. Attorney General William Barr to investigate the situation concerning COVID-19 nursing home deaths as early as April of last year.
Even as far back as March 2020, Tenney warned of the developing controversy but claims she was “ignored” by most.
The issue is so serious that it has already crossed partisan lines, as a number of high-profile Democrats in the state have already issued calls for an investigation as to why the Cuomo administration grossly underreported nursing home deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. During that period, Cuomo cashed in on a book deal and was even the winner of an International Emmy for his daily briefings, according to NPR.