The subsequent 72 hours might resolve Andrew Cuomo’s political profession

The next 72 hours could decide Andrew Cuomo's political career

And, on the heels of the most recent allegation, which was reported by The New York Times and which Source has not independently confirmed, US Rep. Kathleen Rice grew to become the primary member of the New York congressional delegation to name for Cuomo to step apart.

“The time has come. The Governor must resign,” tweeted Rice with Monday’s Times article connected.

It’s price noting that none of those that have referred to as for Cuomo to resign to date are main allies and a few, like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has urged Cuomo ought to resign if the allegations are confirmed true, have had long-running feuds with the governor. But the true potential drawback for Cuomo is that these calls would possibly pave the best way for Democrats who’ve to date solely referred to as for an investigation to observe swimsuit.

Rice’s announcement will considerably ramp up the stress on each different member of New York’s House delegation — and its two senators — to say one thing about Cuomo’s future. With Rice now off the sidelines, it should now not be OK for these members to easily say they help an impartial investigation of the allegations — as most have carried out so far. Now, each reporter can level to Rice and say that she felt as if she had seen sufficient to decide on Cuomo.

Which is why the subsequent 72 hours or so are so important for Cuomo — on two fronts:

1) He must hold Rice as a lone wolf. The extra that distinguished elected officers be a part of her, the better it turns into for this to grow to be an avalanche of individuals calling for him to resign. In order to keep away from that destiny, Cuomo has to give attention to a number of of the large influencers inside the New York delegation. That checklist begins with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who, as it’s possible you’ll keep in mind, was the tipping level in calling for the resignation of then-Minnesota Sen. Al Franken amid allegations of inappropriate habits with girls. Cuomo should additionally hold an in depth eye on Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the No. 5 rating Democrat in management within the US House and a significant determine within the celebration. Ditto Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is just not solely an influencer amongst progressives in New York City however nationally as nicely.

2) He wants there to be no new allegations. It looks as if every single day (or each different day) for the previous 5 to seven days, there’s been one other accuser coming ahead to say Cuomo both sexually harassed them or made an undesirable advance. It’s at all times troublesome to find out at what level there are too many accusations for Cuomo to get well from politically, however one other lady coming ahead with an analogous story to the primary three would make it very powerful. Momentum is a really actual factor in politics and, at that time, all the vitality and stress could be for Cuomo to step apart.

Now, as we have seen earlier than — most notably with the 45th President of the United States — it isn’t all that simple to take away a politician from workplace even amid a sequence of allegations like these (and worse) if he would not wish to go. Cuomo might merely hunker down — it doesn’t matter what occurs over the subsequent three days or three weeks — and demand he is not going wherever till the impartial investigation is concluded. Which could possibly be some time. (As I wrote on Monday, Cuomo is clearly attempting to purchase a while for himself in the meanwhile.)

Over the weekend, Cuomo launched a press release wherein he acknowledged that “some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation,” including: “To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.” He has denied allegations, each in December and now, of an undesirable kiss with a former feminine staffer, in addition to her allegation that he urged they play strip poker on a flight.

If Cuomo stayed put, it might put the onus of eradicating him on the state legislature. Which, relying on what occurs over these subsequent few days, could possibly be an actual risk. The process by which a New York governor can be impeached is kind of sophisticated, nevertheless.

Even if Cuomo is ready to survive these subsequent 72 hours, his political destiny is way from sure. He appears very seemingly to attract a major problem in 2022, and Republicans are newly-emboldened about their possibilities if he winds up because the Democratic nominee subsequent fall.

But, the subsequent three(ish) days might nicely be decisive with regard whether or not Cuomo even makes it to the poll subsequent 12 months. Right now, that could be a very open query.

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