The Walls Are Closing in on Cuomo, Fast

NY Democrats, including Jerry Nadler and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are now calling for resignation.

Ron Adar/ZUMA

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.

In a remarkable display of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s quickly vanishing support among Democrats amid mounting allegations of his sexual harassment of women and his cover-up of nursing home deaths from the coronavirus, ten House Democrats on Friday issued a series of statements within minutes of each other calling for his resignation.

The Democrats include House Judiciary chair Rep. Jerry Nadler and House Oversight chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney, as well as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Grace Meng, Jamaal Bowman, Mondaire Jones, Nydia Velázquez, Yvette Clark, and Adriano Espaillat. That brings the total to 11 members of the state’s Democratic delegation to Congress to call for Cuomo to step down after Rep. Kathleen Rice became the first earlier this month. 

“The bravery individuals have shown in coming forward to share their experiences with Governor Cuomo is inspiring, and I stand in support with them,” Nadler’s statement read. “The repeated accusations against the Governor, and the manner in which he has responded to them, have made it impossible for him to continue to govern at this point.”

The statements come one day after state lawmakers opened an impeachment investigation into the mounting scandals engulfing Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, which include new groping charges by an aide that were reported to Albany police. The latest charges appear to be the most serious involving what the Times Union described as Cuomo allegedly “aggressively groping her in a sexually charged manner” inside the state’s executive mansion. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, the state’s two Democratic senators, have yet to join the calls for the resignation, instead backing an investigation into the claims.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

We have an ambitious $350,000 online fundraising goal this month and it's truly crunch time: About 15 percent of our yearly online giving usually comes in during the final week of the year, and in "No Cute Headlines or Manipulative BS," we explain why we simply can't afford to come up short right now.

The bottom line: Corporations and powerful people with deep pockets will never sustain the type of journalism Mother Jones exists to do. And advertising or profit-driven ownership groups will never make time-intensive, in-depth reporting viable.

That's why donations big and small make up 74 percent of our budget this year. There is no backup to keep us going, no alternate revenue source, no secret benefactor. If readers don’t donate, we won’t be here. It's that simple.

And if you can help us out with a donation right now, all online gifts will be matched thanks to an incredibly generous matching gift pledge.

payment methods

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

We have an ambitious $350,000 online fundraising goal this month and it's truly crunch time: About 15 percent of our yearly online giving usually comes in during the final week of the year, and in "No Cute Headlines or Manipulative BS," we explain why we simply can't afford to come up short right now.

The bottom line: Corporations and powerful people with deep pockets will never sustain the type of journalism Mother Jones exists to do. And advertising or profit-driven ownership groups will never make time-intensive, in-depth reporting viable.

That's why donations big and small make up 74 percent of our budget this year. There is no backup to keep us going, no alternate revenue source, no secret benefactor. If readers don’t donate, we won’t be here. It's that simple.

And if you can help us out with a donation right now, all online gifts will be matched thanks to an incredibly generous matching gift pledge.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate