Republicans have welcomed Cuomo’s departure but have always called for impeachment, which could prevent him from running again. “This resignation is simply an attempt to avoid real liability,” said GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy.
At the White House, Biden said, “I respect the governor’s decision.” At the same time, he said Cuomo had “done a hell of a job” on infrastructure and voting rights, and “that’s why it’s so sad.”
“Right from the start, I just asked the governor to stop his abusive behavior,” tweeted Tuesday Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to publicly accuse Cuomo of harassment. until the end.”
Cuomo still faces the possibility of criminal charges, with a number of state prosecutors continuing to investigate him. At least one of his accusers has filed a criminal complaint.
The governor prefaced his resignation with a 45-minute defense from his lawyer and his own insistence that his behavior – though at times callous, off-putting or “too familiar” – had been used against him as a weapon in a political environment where “recklessness has replaced reasonableness.
“I’m a fighter, and my instinct is to fight this controversy because I really believe it’s politically motivated. I think it’s unfair and false, ”he said, but added that he didn’t want“ distractions ”to consume the state government as it grapples with the pandemic and Other problems.