WASHINGTON — One allegation of sexual harassment is a big problem for a politician.
A second allegation turns into a full-blown crisis.
And a third — in less than a week — becomes unsustainable for the politician and his political party, because no one knows when a fourth or fifth allegation might surface.
This is the untenable political situation for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., who saw a third woman accuse him of harassment as New York’s attorney general has begun proceeding with an investigation of the governor.
And it’s not too dissimilar from the circumstance that Al Franken faced when he ultimately resigned his Senate seat.
Now there are some key differences between the Franken and Cuomo situations.
For one thing, there hasn’t been a cascade of calls for Cuomo to resign; so far, just one New York congresswoman, Kathleen Rice, has called for Cuomo’s resignation. (Notably, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., wants the matter investigated first.)
In addition, unlike with Franken in 2017, Democrats are under less pressure to claim the political high ground and make an obvious contrast against a current congressional candidate (Roy Moore in Alabama) or a current president (Donald Trump).
And Cuomo has never been someone willing to walk away, even when facing a crisis that’s become impossible to control.
But Democrats need to be asked this question after the latest allegation against Cuomo: How could you call for — or accept — Al Franken’s resignation, but not do the same for Cuomo?
Especially when you don’t know when the next allegation is going to surface?
And especially when the governor is already facing a separate damaging crisis (over the counting of nursing-home deaths in his state)?
Where’s the GOP policy?
Yesterday, we wrote that Donald Trump — as well as the other Republican speakers — barely commented on Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package at CPAC over the weekend.
The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin takes it one step further: There was almost no discussion of policy at CPAC.
“There was vanishingly little discussion of why Republicans lost the presidency, the House and the Senate over the last four years, nor much debate about what agenda they should pursue to rebuild the party,” Martin writes.
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Over half: The share of people charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot who are not connected to specific extremist groups or to one another, per a new study by George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.
64-33: The vote on Biden’s newly-confirmed Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona
4 million: The number of Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots being shipped out this week
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516,978: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far, per the most recent data from NBC News. (That’s 1,434 more than yesterday morning.)
46,738: The number of people currently hospitalized with coronavirus in the United States.
355.7 million: The number of coronavirus tests that have been administered in the United States so far, according to researchers at The COVID Tracking Project.
76,899,987: Number of vaccine doses administered in the U.S.
25,466,405: People fully vaccinated in the U.S.
58: The number of days left for Biden to reach his 100-day vaccination goal.
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