Why Andrew Cuomo should be held accountable

He was far from beloved earlier than the pandemic, however his belated course correction following New York’s initial, subpar response, to not point out his inexplicably Emmy Award-winning daily briefings and cutesy appearances on his brother Chris Cuomo’s CNN present, gave rise to an outsize love for Cuomo that even earned him a deal for a quickie book about defeating (?) COVID-19 in New York and talk of presidential aspirations.

Maybe it was as a result of the federal response was so inept and irresponsible. Possibly it was as a result of Republican counterparts resembling Governor Kristi Noem in South Dakota or Ron DeSantis in Florida by no means even got here round on security masks or lockdowns. For no matter motive, it took a nursing home scandal and multiple sexual harassment allegations to very slowly flip the tide of public opinion in opposition to Cuomo. Now that the outrage has reached essential mass, although, and Democratic politicians are calling for Cuomo’s resignation, a sure pressure of liberal has begun urging these Dems to not “Franken” the governor, referring to the sexual assault allegations in opposition to Minnesota senator Al Franken that led to his resignation in January 2018.

It’s a misguided message that reduces rules to mere efficiency, and it needs to stop.

First issues first: What occurred to Al Franken is just not some lamentable American tragedy simply condensed right into a verb. In truth, it didn’t occur to Franken; it was Franken’s personal alleged conduct coming again to hang-out him. Not less than eight women came forward in late 2017 with accusations of inappropriate conduct, together with groping. It’d scan as suspicious that a kind of accusers was a conservative radio host, however that girl, Leeann Tweeden, had an incredibly damning photo of Franken pretending to grope her as she slept on a airplane. Whether or not in jest or not, that is the sort of photograph and accusation that will create issues at work for anybody, not to mention a sitting senator.

Franken was a comic and pundit on the time of his alleged misconduct. If these had been his occupations on the time the allegations broke, maybe an apology and a while out of the general public eye would have sufficed. Because the allegations got here out when he was a U.S. senator, although, and the #MeToo motion was peaking, Democrats couldn’t in good conscience preserve him of their good graces. Not in spite of everything of their justified outrage at President Trump’s elision from any penalties for the handfuls of credible sexual assault allegations levied in opposition to him.

It’s not a tragedy that Franken resigned; being a U.S. senator should not be a place the place moral issues are waived. (Truthfully, it’s a little bit of a miracle {that a} comic ever made such an efficient senator within the first place.)

However even these liberals nonetheless incensed at Franken’s ouster, who’ve directed a disproportionate amount of their anger at New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand over it, should be capable of see that the allegations in opposition to Governor Cuomo are of a completely completely different magnitude. What he’s accused of doing occurred whereas Cuomo was in workplace, and two of the accusers, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, labored for Cuomo, bringing into play the outsize energy that he had in these relationships.

An investigation is an applicable response, and one is certainly in the works, however contemplating how neatly the accusations fit into the governor’s pattern of bullying behavior, and contemplating the concurrent nursing house scandal, anybody calling for resignation at this level is totally applicable as nicely.

Some liberal voices, whether or not they invoke Al Franken or not, appear to suppose that it’s unfair as soon as once more to anticipate Democrats to scrub up their very own yard whereas Republicans stay mired in untamed roughage.

The identical week that the second and third accusations arrived in opposition to Cuomo, several women made allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against a rising Republican star, North Carolina representative Madison Cawthorn. However whereas Cawthorn should must reply sufficiently for his obvious conduct, this matter should don’t have any bearing on whether or not Andrew Cuomo resigns or not. Morals aren’t conditional. Or at the very least they shouldn’t be. Crossing a sure threshold of shock provided that it’s directed throughout the aisle misses all the level of accountability.

An unlucky actuality in 2021 America is that any Democratic politician’s scandal is a matter that deserves investigation, whereas any Republican’s scandal is simply cancel tradition run amok. It’s a hypocritical double normal, however that solely signifies that the Republicans must rise to the requirements of Democrats, not that Democrats should sink to the requirements of Republicans.

It stinks that chopping Al Franken free didn’t encourage Republicans to take critically the handfuls of harassment and misconduct allegations in opposition to Trump, or to carry Jim Jordan accountable for his role in the Ohio State wrestling scandal. In a good world, this disparity wouldn’t exist.

However the fitting factor to do doesn’t stop being the fitting factor to do exactly due to whose aspect one is on.