New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is officially out. It seems that even the love and support of the Democratic faithful isn’t enough to protect you from sexual harassment allegations unless your last name is “Clinton.” Yet the disgraced governor did plenty of damage before he was gone, including the passage of a number of gun control measures.
In fact, those seem to be among his proudest accomplishments, at least based on his resignation speech.
Outgoing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo aired a defiant, pre-recorded farewell address in his final hours in office Monday, highlighting his accomplishments while suggesting he’s the victim of a “political firecracker” that derailed his governmental career.
A Democrat, Cuomo is set to resign at the end of Monday, clearing the way for Lt. Gov. Hochul to become the state’s 57th governor at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
Cuomo’s voluntary resignation comes three weeks after an investigation led by state Attorney General Letitia James’s office concluded Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women while in office, including nine current or former state employees.
But Cuomo has repeatedly suggested the investigation — which Cuomo himself authorized — was politically motivated and designed to defame him, a case he made again at the top of his 15-minute farewell speech.
In his speech, Cuomo highlighted some of his administration’s accomplishments, including the passage of same-sex marriage in 2011, which made New York the largest state in the country to legalize it at the time.
He spoke of the SAFE Act in 2013, a gun-control measure that expanded the state’s ban on assault-style firearms and continues to be a point of contention in some of New York’s more conservative areas upstate.
That would be the same SAFE Act that gun owners routinely ignored with regard to their existing rifles? Or would that be the one that clearly had zero impact on crime throughout the state that has now skyrocketed to the point that some cities are begging for state police officers to come in and help them put a handle on things?
Oh, wait, they’re one in the same.
While the SAFE Act focused on weapons like AR-15s, it completely ignored how rarely they’re actually used in crime. That didn’t matter. What mattered is they were big and scary and people who didn’t understand what they were looking at thought you shouldn’t be allowed to own one, so that was that.
Meanwhile, the criminals are using handguns they obtained illegally, and not a law on Earth will stop them.
It doesn’t surprise me in the least that he’d tout this, though. If he hopes to return to government, it’ll have to be as a repentant Democrat at some future date. He’d need to do what he could to solidify his record, especially his anti-Second Amendment record, if he wants to have a shot at being taken seriously.
Why anyone took him seriously in the first place is beyond me, but here we are.
He’s now gone, though. He’s out, but the damage has been done. Thousands of New Yorkers have had to deal with the ramifications of Cuomo’s impact.
If only he’d been gone about a decade sooner.