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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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Driver free on bond after he admittedly killed teenager for Conservative views

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41-year-old Shannon Brandt is out on bond even though he was the one who admitted to killing a teenager because of the youngster’s political affiliation. Brandt chased 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson and ran him down with his car claiming he was part of a “Republican extremist group.” Police say Brandt was drunk when he hit and killed Ellingson with his SUV.

Brandt was charged Monday with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Later in the week, he was let out on $50,000 bond stating he is not a flight risk. “I have a job, a life and a house and things I don’t want to see go by the wayside — family that are very important to me,” Brandt told the judge.

Since his release, Brandt started removing certain content from his social media, the Post Millenial observed. “Prosecutors allege moments before he was killed, 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson called his mom to come rescue him because 41-year-old Shannon Brandt was chasing him in the city of McHenry, where the street dance had just wrapped up. By the time she could get there, her son was dead” reports National Review.

“He was the one who called 911 to report the crash,” said North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind.

Court papers show Brandt called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and told the 911 dispatcher that he just hit Ellingson, claiming the teen was part of a Republican extremist group and was calling people to come get Brandt after a political argument.

 

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