Former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, who was actually in office during the first time of Gov. George Pataki was in office, stated on Tuesday that she was “very surprised” that Gov. Andrew Cuomo actually decided to resign from his position.
However, both McCaughey and Rep. Jeff Drew, a Republican from New Jersey, appeared on Newsmax’s “John Bachman Now” program where they agreed that investigations into nursing home deaths that occurred early on in the pandemic must continue.
“I had predicted that he would hang on as long as possible and that Carl Heastie, the head of the assembly would slow-walk impeachment proceedings because so many members of the assembly are dependent on favors and the goodwill of the governor for projects in their own districts,” McCaughey, who serves as a Newsmax contributor, went on to say.
Her comments came after Cuomo, facing the growing likelihood of impeachment over sexual harassment accusations from several female state employees and staffers, announced his resignation.
“Nevertheless it’s happened and I believe (Lt. Gov.) Kathy Hochul will well prepared to take the reins of government in the interim until New Yorkers have their big choice next year whether to elect a Republican administration and opt for more growth and lower taxes,” McCaughey stated.
Meanwhile, Van Drew commented that even with Cuomo’s decision, he still hopes that the investigation will continue into the deaths of several people in New York’s nursing homes in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, but he doesn’t know if he has “total confidence” that will happen.
“That was just unacceptable, when we speak about COVID and to find that in New Jersey and New York that literally these much older people were crammed into nursing homes,” Van Drew went on to say. “The government killed people.”
Van Drew then said that he believes change for both New Jersey and New York is needed.
“We really do need to get some Republicans and I would even say to my friends who are Democrats or are independent, give it a chance. Give it a shot,” Van Drew proclaimed. “Let’s see what somebody else can do. You can do better.”
McCaughey stated during the interview she was “very disappointed” that the DOJ under President Biden dropped looking into the nursing home incidents, despite the fact other law enforcement agencies were continuing to look into the matter.
“It was very unfortunate that the Justice Department did not consider this issue worthy of its attention when tens of thousands of elderly in nursing homes in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania died because of the foolish approach taken,” McCaughey said.
“This is one of the worst things that have happened, and yet, in all honesty, Democrats have pushed investigations for long periods of time on almost nothing,” he stated. “Yet here, where there’s a loss of life and the wrong thing was really done.”
Both are correct.
There absolutely needs to be further investigation into the nursing home debacle. Cuomo needs to be held legally responsible for the thousands of deaths his poor decision making caused. The folks impacted deserve closure.