Former New York governor Andrew Cuomo — as soon as the nation’s most eligible bachelor, the Emmy award-winning “Luv Guv” who ensorcelled hordes of swooning Cuomosexuals — is getting stressed. Resigning in shame after 11 different women accused him of sexual harassment, together with groping, undesirable kisses, and inappropriate insinuations and innuendo, Albany’s personal Randy Andy has determined he’s served sufficient time in political purgatory, and is readying his return to public life.
Tapping his $18 million marketing campaign struggle chest — which is simply sitting there, in spite of everything — Cuomo on Monday launched a slickly-produced television commercial detailing how the case in opposition to him “seems to be crumbling.”
The spot explains — precisely, because it occurs — that county prosecutors have largely declined to pursue legal fees in opposition to the handsy ex-governor, although some have known as the allegations credible. “Political assaults gained,” the business concludes, to a picture of Cuomo boldly signing some piece of laws — maybe bail reform, or an order forcing nursing houses to simply accept COVID sufferers — “And New Yorkers misplaced a confirmed chief.”
Political klatches from Albany to Third Avenue are abuzz with chatter about what the commercial means. Is it a sign that Cuomo plans to leap into the race in opposition to his substitute, Governor Hochul? Premiering the evening earlier than poll petitioning began — aspirants want 15,000 signatures to get on the June poll — the business actually appears like a flag to see which method the winds are blowing, and the way briskly.
The cussed truth stays that Cuomo was pushed out of workplace by a form of palace coup, which was sealed by Legal professional Basic Tish James’ investigative report substantiating the allegations in opposition to him, adopted by strikes within the legislature to begin impeachment proceedings. However he retained recognition amongst New York’s Democratic voters, a lot of whom had been nonetheless awed by Cuomo’s pandemic-related briefings and his media-created standing as “America’s Governor.”
The general public is fickle, although, and polls just a few months into the Hochul administration indicated that New York Democrats had been glad with their new governor. Cuomo, intoned the pollsters, is outdated information. However there’s no query that Kathy Hochul, who appears competent in essentially the most beneficiant sense of the phrase, hardly conjures up ardour.
Hochul is dealing with main challenges from the arduous left NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and the self-proclaimed “widespread sense” centrist Nassau County Congressman Tom Suozzi. In a divided main area, you don’t must persuade a majority of the voters to solid their ballots for you; you simply want extra votes than anybody else.
Cuomo might be calculating his probability of — in a cut up election — scraping by with as little as 30% of the voters. Or maybe Cuomo thinks he might bypass the Democratic main altogether and mount an impartial problem in November.
Then again, Cuomo might simply be exercising a few of his legendary ego-driven vindictiveness by placing out a business that assaults his once-ally and now enemy Legal professional Basic James, who “could have turned a blind eye to essential particulars” of the case in opposition to him. Accusing James of ginning up a politicized witch hunt in opposition to her former benefactor could not hamper her possibilities at re-election, nevertheless it doesn’t improve her media-burnished self-image as a fearless pursuer of fact within the mannequin of her “unbought and unbossed” hero Shirley Chisholm.
Writing in these pages just a few days earlier than his resignation, I recommended that then-governor Andrew Cuomo was working out the “Five Stages of Grief” earlier than he would, inevitably, stop. I predicted that he would quickly attain “acceptance,” and get to work on his redemption, which I figured would imply about eight months of introspection and penitence earlier than he might “emerge from a PR chrysalis” into public view.
Properly, I overestimated by two months how lengthy Andrew Cuomo’s ego might bear to be out of the limelight. Disgrace, reticence and humility had been by no means a part of the Cuomo playbook. Did you actually assume he was gone for good?
Seth Barron is managing editor of The American Thoughts and writer of the brand new e-book, “The Last Days of New York” (Humanix Books), out now.