Breaking: Cuomo Resigns

Via CNN: JUST IN: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced he is “stepping aside” from his office.

Cuomo called the impeachment investigation into him “politically motivated” — but added that he was stepping down because he would “never want to be unhelpful in any way.”

He had to see that he was going to be impeached. Keep in mind that even if he wasn’t removed, he was going to have to step aside from office if impeached, as per the NY state constitution. He was doomed (and removal was likely as well, it seems to me).

He need to go, so I would say this is a positive outcome.

More from the NYT: Live Updates: Governor Cuomo Says He Will Resign

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  1. Teve says:

    Good!

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  2. James Joyner says:

    He has violated Matt Yglesias’ First Law of Surviving a Political Scandal but, as you say, I think the writing was on the wall.

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  3. MarkedMan says:

    I’ve disliked him since he was involved in his father’s campaign and despised him since he became governor. A narcissistic asshole, all the way down.

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  4. Michael Reynolds says:

    This is so unfair. Cuomo was just striving for diversity. For example, he’d noticed that his security detail was heavily weighted toward people he did not want to fuck. So he leaned over backward to ensure that people were not being excluded unfairly just because they were hot.

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  5. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    What’s the point of working hard and succeeding if you can’t grab a titty or two along the way?
    /snark

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  8. Modulo Myself says:

    This is like a mob boss being shot in the back by his capos or Beria being sentenced to death by the Politburo. Everyone he bullied turned on him in the end.

  9. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Now why couldn’t we get the same result with trump? It’s almost like DEMs care about criminal behavior and Republicans don’t.

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  10. Kathy says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:

    Well, there’s that misguided* rule that the occupant of the oval office cannot be indicted while in office. I don’t think there’s an equivalent state rule for governors, and certainly no federal rule excluding governors from prosecution while in office.

    *I mean idiot rule, BTW.

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  11. Teve says:

    @keatonpatti

    First they came for the Cuomosexuals, and I did not speak out—

    Because yikes, fuck those people.

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  12. Matt Bernius says:

    Anyone remember when he was being floated as the next presidential candidate?!

    As a New Yorker, it’s well part due and also we have no right to ever talk crap about NJ politics ever again after the last 2 decades.

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  13. Ed says:

    A key part of his resignation statement was, “In my mind, I have never crossed the line with anyone, but I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn,” I am a straight man ten years older than Cuomo, and I have happily watched the line he is talking about move from it being considered ok in some states to regularly beat your wife all the way to women beginning to having the voice to tell powerful men to keep their hands to themselves. And yet, I’m sure a huge number of men have sympathy for his pathetic excuse. We still have a ways to go…

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