Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation on Tuesday after being urged on by almost every senior member of his own party, including President Joe Biden, to step down after a torrent of scandals, including allegations of sexual harassment.
At midday, while holding a press conference to announce his decision to resign effective in 14 days, Cuomo repeatedly asserted that he had no intention of offending anyone.
“New York tough means New York loving, and I love New York, and I love you. And everything I have ever done has been motivated by that love. And I would never want to be unhelpful in any way. And I think that, given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let the government get back to governing. And therefore that’s what I’ll do because I work for you,” Cuomo said
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In the moments before announcing his resignation, Cuomo said, “This situation, by its current trajectory, will generate months of political and legal controversy. That is what is going to happen, that is how the political wind is blowing. It will consume government. It will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. It will brutalize people.
“I cannot be the cause of that.”
“I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said.
“In my mind, I’ve never crossed the line with anyone. But I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn.”
The governor also directed comments at his three daughters by saying he “never did, and I never would, intentionally disrespect a woman or treat any woman differently than I would want them treated. And that is the God’s-honest truth.”
“Your dad made mistakes, and he apologized, and he learned from it. And that’s what life is all about,” he said.