On Sunday, top Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa resigned her post. The state attorney general’s report had identified DeRosa as a main player in the effort to discredit and retaliate against one of Cuomo’s accusers.
Also on Sunday, a CBS interview with the woman who last week filed a criminal complaint over Cuomo’s sexual assault made any possible Cuomo defense even more difficult. Cuomo cannot plausibly claim that the assault, which included groping the woman, meets any definition of appropriate behavior.
On Monday, Time’s Up Chairwoman Roberta Kaplan resigned from that organization after the investigation’s report identified her, too, as someone who worked to discredit one of Cuomo’s accusers.
There is little more to say about this. From President Joe Biden to most of New York’s top Democratic elected officials, demands that Cuomo resign have been immediate and near-unanimous. New York lawmakers are moving to close out their impeachment investigation within a month. Party and union leaders have abandoned him.
He should resign. Probably won’t, but should. The allegations against him are too detailed for him to claim that it was all a misunderstanding. If he could muster the barest minimum of grace, he might be able to keep his legacy from hemorrhaging into nothingness, but only if he were to leave before New York lawmakers boot him of their own accord.