Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik is calling on New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul to “stop hiding” and “speak out” as scandals mount against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In a Monday interview with Fox News, Stefanik, a long-time critic of Cuomo, also noted the “multiple criminal scandals” that are swirling around him and his administration.
“Important questions for @LtGovHochulNY by @RobAstorino,” she began, referencing the former CNN political commentator and Westchester County executive. “She should stop hiding and instead speak out as multiple criminal scandals envelop the Worst Governor in America.”
Important questions for @LtGovHochulNY by @RobAstorino👇
She should stop hiding and instead speak out as multiple criminal scandals envelop the Worst Governor in America. https://t.co/iK5rEysJRr
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) March 7, 2021
Hochul, also a Democrat, has not been vocal about scandals involving Cuomo’s hiding of nursing home COVID deaths as well as the growing number of women who claim he sexually harassed them.
“Has any reporter asked @LtGovHochulNY what she knew about the cover up of 15K nursing home deaths? What she thought about #Cuomo 3/25 EO?” Astorino wrote n Twitter, in reference to Cuomo’s March 2020 order instructing nursing homes to take in COVID-sickened patients.
“Anyone ask her if she’s ever witnessed the sex misconduct & bullying that’s been alleged by so many in recent weeks? Would seem pertinent, no?” Astorino continued.
Cuomo chose Hochul, 62, as his running mate when he ran for reelection in 2014. According to her official biography, “Hochul spearheaded Gov. Cuomo’s Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses, hosting and attending more than 25 events. As the highest-ranking female elected official in New York State, she continues to be a champion for women and families across the state.”
So far, five women have come forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact. New York Attorney General Letitia James has begun an independent investigation into the allegations.
As for Stefanik, she has regularly railed against Cuomo over his nursing home debacle and has called for him and his administration to be prosecuted for covering up the deaths.
In late January, she told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro there should be a criminal investigation into Cuomo’s COVID nursing home order and said if he was found criminally liable, he should resign and be prosecuted.
She repeated those demands after news broke in mid-February that Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s top aide, told state Democrats the administration hid the death toll over fears of a federal probe by then-President Donald Trump’s Justice Department..
“Governor Cuomo, the Secretary to the Governor, and his senior team must be prosecuted immediately — both by the Attorney General of New York State and the U.S. Department of Justice,” she said in a statement.
“This bombshell admission of a coverup and the remarks by the Secretary to the Governor indicating intent to obstruct any federal investigation is a stunning and criminal abuse of power,” Stefanik continued.
“I have said from the beginning that this is more than a nursing home scandal, this is a massive corruption and coverup scandal at the highest level of New York State Government implicating the Governor, the Secretary to the Governor, the New York State Health Commissioner and the Governor’s staff,” she added.
Calls for Cuomo to resign have heightened in recent weeks as the evolving scandals unfolded, but the governor has said he won’t step down.
On Monday, his mother and one of his three sisters came to his defense and said he shouldn’t resign.
“He has our 100 percent confidence,” said Maria Cuomo Cole, the New York Post reported.
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