Democrats are sensing danger.
Elected officials are panicking about a growing scandal that threatens to bring down the party in the 2022 midterms.
And now you won’t believe why Democrats are starting their latest impeachment push.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is taking fire from all sides after his top aide admitted the administration was covering up the true number of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes out of fear the information would be used as part of a criminal investigation.
Democrats in the state legislature were livid and Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens declared Cuomo obstructed justice.
But Kim went even farther in claiming that momentum built towards launching an impeachment inquiry into Governor Cuomo.
“It will take a little time to build that consensus, but every day we are inching toward the impeachment process,” Kim told Yahoo’s Skullduggery podcast.
In the interview Kim claimed that impeachment received universal support from the 43 Republicans in the State Assembly and that 25 to 30 Democrats out of the 106 members of the Democrat Caucus also supported impeachment.
Kim stated that the number of Democrats supporting impeachment could grow.
Assemblyman Kim offered up a concrete example of how Governor Cuomo’s cover-up of the nursing home deaths affected the ability of the state legislature to perform its duties.
Last Spring, Governor Cuomo signed an order granting nursing homes protection from lawsuits after Cuomo mandated that long-term care facilities take in coronavirus patients.
Assemblyman Kim explained that because Cuomo withheld the data on how many seniors died in nursing homes, the legislature did not have access to all the information necessary when they voted to revoke Cuomo’s immunity bailout.
“If we had the real-time data — which they were holding onto — we would have had the argument to repeal that immunity,” Kim declared. “Instead, because we didn’t see the whole picture, we were only able to repeal the immunity partially last July.”
Assemblyman Kim hoped another investigation would uncover if industry lobbyists and the Cuomo administration cut a corrupt deal.
“So this is one clear example of what we could have done differently in terms of policy if they had shared the data in real time,” Kim continued. “But they made a choice not to do it. All of those decisions need to be investigated. Who gave him the language of the immunity? [The] industry came in and even said and bragged in a press release that we got this done for nursing homes and hospitals.”
In addition to Governor Cuomo, California’s Gavin Newsom has also come under fire for his support for endless lockdowns and school closings during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo and Newsom are up for re-election in 2022 and both are wobbled by accusations of corrupt and incompetent management during the coronavirus outbreak.
Their scandals threaten to define a narrative that the 2022 midterms will be an up or down vote on Democrats’ handling of the pandemic.
And if the public perceives all Democrats to be defined by Cuomo and Newsom’s disastrous decisions, the voters could be ready to deliver Democrats a historic rebuke next November.
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