Lee Zeldin: ‘Andrew Cuomo Must Resign or be Impeached’

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 20: Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) attends a press conference on the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians on May 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Republicans voiced their support for Israel and urged the Biden Administration to intervene. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who announced in April that he is running for governor of New York in 2022, reacted Tuesday to an investigation conducted through New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) office which found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) sexually harassed multiple women.

Zeldin, the presumptive Republican nominee for Governor of New York, called for Cuomo’s resignation or impeachment.

“Andrew Cuomo must resign or be impeached,” Zeldin wrote in a statement. “Cuomo institutionalized widespread abuse within his administration and tried to silence his many victims, which enabled him to continue openly preying on those around him. Over the last few months, Cuomo has continued his attempts to undermine the investigations into his wrongdoing and those carrying them out…”

According to Zeldin, it is “up to all of us to hold him accountable,” saying “Cuomo must resign, and if he doesn’t resign, Democrats running the State Legislature in Albany must impeach him.”

If they don’t impeach him, we must hold Governor Cuomo and every single person who has enabled him accountable at the ballot box on Election Day in 2022. Whether it’s the deadly nursing home order and coverup, his absurd $5.1 million self-congratulatory book deal, or rampant sexual harassment, abuse, and intimidation, New York needs new leadership to restore our state to glory, rather than govern scandal to scandal.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 27: Vice President Joe Biden (L) appears with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to unveil plans for new infrastructure projects on July 27, 2015 in New York City. The highlight of the event was an announcement that a new LaGuardia airport will be built, with construction starting next year. The new facility will will feature state-of-the-art security, transportation and shopping and dining options. The project is estimated to bring 8,000 new jobs to the area. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Joe Biden appears with Andrew Cuomo to unveil plans for new infrastructure projects (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Zeldin also said New Yorkers “need a governor who will put their priorities first” and “not prioritize self-preservation in the face of endless misconduct.”

“This is a crisis of leadership, and it’s up to every New Yorker to hold Cuomo accountable and save our state,” Zeldin concluded.

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