(LibertySociety.com) – In August 2021, former Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) resigned from his leadership position amidst several sexual harassment accusations. After several district attorneys declined to press criminal charges against Cuomo, he said in an interview with Bloomberg on March 14, he felt “vindicated.” He went on to say he would never have resigned in the first place if he could go back in time. To that end, he’s showing clear signs he wants to return to politics, and has spent about $3 million on campaign ads to clear his disgraced name.
Leading to the Resignation
In addition to the multiple sexual harassment accusations, the former governor also misled the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. A March audit completed by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli confirmed Cuomo hid the actual number of virus deaths in NY nursing homes. According to the audit, he undercounted the deaths by over 4,000, which DiNapoli called “extremely troubling.” Although Attorney General Letitia James (D) noted the deception in January 2021, the audit dove into greater detail.
So, even though the harassment charges didn’t happen because of state laws, Cuomo still faces an uphill battle to come back to politics. He would have to explain his nursing home lie, at least.
Following the politician’s abrupt resignation, he also faced legal battles with an ethics panel that ordered him to pay back his book proceeds in the amount of $5 million.
Inspired by Cuomo’s alleged actions, New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) passed a trio of laws regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. The package requires the creation of a sexual harassment hotline, anti-discrimination protections for all employees, and retaliation protections as well. The law will allow employees to file retaliation complaints with the state Attorney General to shield victims who speak out. The new laws will be a stark reminder of the allegations against the former governor of New York.
Returning to the Spotlight
Even though Cuomo would not confirm his return to politics, he didn’t rule it out. In his Bloomberg interview, he made it clear the only reason he left was to prevent himself from continuing to be a “distraction.” He said his exit wasn’t an admission of guilt.
The ad his team put together highlights his accomplishments as governor, perhaps in the hopes New York will remember those instead of the reasons he left. If he decides to return, it will be up to the voters to determine whether they will accept him again or not.
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