The governor’s premature victory lap seems that much worse as he races to reopen things to fend off other scandals in the state with America’s second highest death toll.
Ross Barkan is a columnist for the Guardian and Jacobin, as well as a contributor to the Nation. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and elsewhere.
It isn’t just the harassment claims. The nursing homes, the corruption, the sadistic work culture—they’re all catching up to Andrew Cuomo fast.
The governor was anointed as the anti-Trump and happily, greedily played the part as facts were ignored, dismissed, even hidden. Mass death meant mass fame.
He seemed steady as a rock when we needed him—and when the president was a disaster. But now we’re getting a look under the hood, and it isn’t pretty.
He says there’s nothing he can do about flights coming to New York from Britain, but that’s just not so.
His carefully calibrated image is unlikely to survive a presidential campaign.
Democratic elections in New York are often competitions for ethnic power masked by ideological difference—and that’s certainly true in the 13th CD.