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NY paper that endorsed Cuomo three times calls for his resignation

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Facing mounting sexual harassment claims and an imploding scandal surrounding COVID policies, New York governor Andrew Cuomo is facing resignation calls from now two major state papers with the Times Union publishing an editorial piece Friday.

The Times Union editorial board proclaimed in their piece “Resign, Mr. Cuomo,” that the governor “squandered the public’s trust at a time when it’s needed more than ever.”

“First Gov. Andrew Cuomo hid the truth about deaths of nursing home residents from the public. Then his administration lied about why. Then, pretending to come clean, it lied about why it lied,” the editorial board wrote.

The governor has lost the public’s trust which is vital during a widespread health crisis, the board writes.

“We endorsed Mr. Cuomo for governor three times. He has brought to fruition a host of important progressive goals. But between his manipulation of state ethics bodies, multiple allegations of sexual harassment and these latest revelations on nursing home deaths, he has lost the credibility he needs to lead this state,” it said.

The Times Union wrote that Cuomo was a candidate that offered leadership in progressive values, leading to their three endorsements. He is no longer able to lead, the board claims.

“It did not have to be like this. Mr. Cuomo was, by and large, doing a commendable job leading the state through the pandemic. People knew what a tough situation he faced. If he made a bad call a year ago, New Yorkers would have understood if he’d just been straight with them,” the article says.

The news comes as Democrat and majority leader of the New York senate Andrea Stewart-Cousins called for Cuomo’s resignation Sunday.

“Everyday there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government,” Stewart-Cousins said in a statement. “We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the COVID-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project.”

She continued by saying the state can’t afford distractions during a pandemic.

“New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it,” she said. “We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”

With members of his own party and supporters in the media turning on him, Gov. Cuomo faces increasing pressure to end his tenure as governor.

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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