New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik is capitalizing off Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s spiraling scandals by selling merchandise depicting a “wanted” poster for the accused serial sexual harasser.
Stefanik called Cuomo a “criminal sexual predator” last month and was one of the first members of New York’s congressional delegation to demand that he resign when women began to publicly allege misconduct.
The upstate congresswoman is selling T-shirts and coffee mugs that commemorate Cuomo’s epic fall from grace. The items — all $25 —brand Cuomo the “worst governor in America.”
Stefanik noted in a tweet that Cuomo reportedly is under investigation by the FBI, the Brooklyn US attorney’s office, the Albany Police Department and independent investigators assigned by the state attorney general’s office.
At least 14 of New York’s 19 Democrats in the House of Representatives called for Cuomo’s resignation this week as a seventh female accuser came forward. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday called for his resignation.
New York Democratic Reps. Caroyln Maloney, Jerry Nadler, Nydia Velazquez, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman, Kathleen Rice, Adriano Espaillat, Yvette Clarke, Grace Meng, Antonio Delgado, Mondaire Jones, Sean Patrick Maloney, Paul Tonko and Brian Higgins are calling on the governor to resign.
The state’s eight Republican House members were quicker on the draw.
“Sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the workplace is not a political issue, it is about right and wrong. Governor Cuomo must immediately resign,” Stefanik said Feb. 24.
And finally the state’s two senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday night called on Cuomo to step down.
Fellow Democrats began to break with Cuomo last month following a stunning admission from his top aide Melissa DeRosa — first reported by The Post — that Cuomo’s team hid data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths so that it could not “be used against us” by federal prosecutors, which could amount to a crime.
Cuomo’s downfall is even more dramatic considering his near-universal acclaim at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. He won an Emmy Award for his press conferences and was a recurring guest on his brother Chris Cuomo’s CNN show. According to one national poll, 56 percent of Democrats wanted Cuomo to replace President Biden on the Democratic ticket.
The governor’s undoing began with intense focus on his administration’s March 25 order that required nursing homes to take in COVID-19 positive patients. A bombshell January report from New York’s Democratic Attorney General Letitia James found that Cuomo’s administration publicly underreported nursing home deaths by about 50 percent.