The next 72 hours could decide Andrew Cuomo’s political career

The next 72 hours could decide Andrew Cuomo's political career

And, in the wake of the latest allegation, which was reported by The New York Times and which CNN has not independently confirmed, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice became the first member of the New York Congressional delegation to call on Cuomo to step down.

“The time has come. The governor must resign,” Rice tweeted with the Monday’s Times article attached.

It should be noted that none of those who have called for Cuomo’s resignation so far are major allies and some, like New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who suggested Cuomo resign if the allegations turned out to be true, have long-standing feuds with the governor. But the real potential problem for Cuomo is that these calls could pave the way for Democrats who have so far only called for an investigation to follow suit.

Rice’s announcement will dramatically increase the pressure on everyone else in the New York House delegation – and her two senators – to say something about Cuomo’s future. With Rice now on the sidelines, it will no longer be acceptable for those members to simply say they support an independent investigation into the allegations – as most have done to date. Now every reporter can point to Rice and say she felt like she had seen enough to make a decision on Cuomo.

That’s why the next 72 hours or so is so critical for Cuomo – on two fronts:

1) He has to keep Rice like a lone wolf. The more as eminent elected officials join it, the easier it becomes for that to become an avalanche of people calling …Source

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