Den vanærede New York-guvernøren Andrew Cuomo forlot kontoret klokken 23:59. mandag kveld, og trakk seg for å unngå en riksrettssak for anklager fra 11 kvinner om seksuell trakassering. Under sin avskjedstale hevdet Cuomo at han ble urettferdig behandlet av sine politiske motstandere og media, som ikke ga ham rettferdig prosess for å forsvare seg.
På « Late Night » kjøpte ikke Seth Meyers Cuomos svake klager. « Ja, hva slags hvit mann hvis far også var guvernør får bare 10 år i embetet? » sa Meyers som svar på Cuomos kommentarer. (Cuomos far, Mario Cuomo, var guvernør i New York i tre perioder fra 1983 til 1994.)
On his last day in office, Cuomo granted clemency to six people, including former Weather Underground member David Gilbert, who was involved in an armored car robbery in 1981 that left three people dead. Meyers joked that Cuomo also “issued one pardon – and this is weird – it was for future Andrew Cuomo.” Cuomo is still facing criminal investigation relating to the harassment allegations.
Cuomo’s Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has been sworn in as New York’s governor, becoming the first woman to hold the position. Hopefully, she is less scandal-prone than the last three governors, all of whom were embroiled in scandal.
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