Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reportedly one among several candidates being considered attorney general, one of the most senior Cabinet positions, in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
There are three others being considered to lead the Department of Justice including former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland, and Sen. Doug Jones, who remains the No. 1 contender for the nomination. Jones lost his Senate seat last month to former college football coach Tommy Tuberville and Garland was rejected a spot on the Supreme Court back in 2016 when nominated by former President Barack Obama.
Cuomo has previously served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Clinton’s Cabinet and was reelected governor in the state of New York in 2018.
The nomination is surprising being that Cuomo should be one of the most loathed politicians in America right now. His record of handling the coronavirus crisis should’ve gotten him thrown out of office. He is to blame for the catastrophe that hit New York, reaching 20,000 deaths by mid-May while in San Francisco there had been only 35.
Earlier this year, Gov. Cuomo ordered nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients from hospitals. This created a dangerous environment that allowed the virus to quickly spread through vulnerable patients. Gov Cuomo’s response was to blame President Trump and say “governors don’t do pandemics.”
While Gov. Cuomo is on the shortlist, it’s not clear how serious his nomination actually is. When asked about the attorney general spot on a New York public radio interview, he said he had no intention to run for president or vice president, but that the attorney general job is “really critical, especially now.” This differs from what he said last month to the New York Times when he talked about finishing the job as a governor during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I said to New Yorkers when COVID first started my only agenda is New York. I’m not running for president, not running for vice president, not going to Washington. This is going to be a long road for New Yorkers. I want them to have total trust in what I’m saying. I have no agenda but being New York governor and I’m going to stay here and finish the job,” Gov. Cuomo said.
Biden’s pick is a governor who is personally responsible for thousands of deaths based on his own political policies. He was making money writing books while closing other people’s businesses down and slapping them with COVID-19 fines. Anything with “Cuomo” on it always smells a little fishy.