Joe Biden strangely revealed he deeply admires the same New York Democrat he wanted to step down just days earlier.
The president claimed he still respected Andrew Cuomo even though he publicly condemned his conduct in public office. The governor dramatically stepped down, after the New York attorney general’s office found the Democrat guilty of sexually harassing multiple women who worked with him.
“I respect the governor’s decision and I respect the decision he made,” Biden said in a statement.
The president claimed he was very impressed by Cuomo’s extremely good performance in the New York governor’s office.
“He has done a hell of job,” he said. “I thought he has done a hell of a job on everything from access to voting, to infrastructure, to a whole range of things.”
The Democrat admitted he felt sad to see the governor go, even after declaring he should resign.
“That is why it is so sad,” he said.
Biden then suggested Cuomo’s resignation will only have a limited impact on the Democratic Party as a whole.
“I think the impact is all on Andrew Cuomo, and his decision to make that judgement,” the president said.
Cuomo announced his intention to step aside on Aug. 10. He still refuses to admit wrongdoing and blames sexual harassment allegations on a changing workplace culture, and political opponents trying to bring him down.
This is not the first time Biden touted Cuomo’s performance. The president made exactly the same statement in April. He called Cuomo the “gold standard” for governors for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was despite the governor’s catastrophic decision to send infected patients for isolation in nursing homes across the Empire State. About 15,000 aged care residents died either directly or indirectly as a result of this policy.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) could be sworn in as New York’s first female governor in history as early as Aug. 24.
Hochul, who chaired the governor’s “Enough is Enough” campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses, welcomed her predecessor’s resignation as the “right thing to do and in the best interest of New Yorkers.”
“As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York state’s 57th governor,” she said on Twitter.
I agree with Governor Cuomo's decision to step down. It is the right thing to do and in the best interest of New Yorkers.— Kathy Hochul (@LtGovHochulNY) August 10, 2021
As someone who has served at all levels of government and is next in the line of succession, I am prepared to lead as New York State’s 57th Governor.