Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s once highly anticipated book detailing his management of the COVID-19 crisis sold only 71 copies during the last week of July, a data provider for the publishing industry, BookScan told The New York Times.
Fewer than 50,000 copies of Cuomo’s book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the Covid-19 Pandemic,” have been sold since it was published in October 2020, The Times reported, citing BookScan.
An imprint of Penguin Random House, Crown, beat out several other competitors for the book, offering Cuomo $5.1 million for the book deal, according to The Times.
His previous memoir “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life” also undersold. Harper, an imprint of Harper Collins, ordered 200,000 copies, but only sold 3,200 between October 2014 and April 2017 – meaning he made about $245 per book sale, according to the Los Angeles Times.
However, at the time of his second book deal, Cuomo’s popularity was surging over his response to the pandemic, which included daily updates (with slides), that was in stark contrast to that of the Trump administration’s handling of the spread of the novel coronavirus in early 2020.
“With his no-nonsense daily briefings – viewed by millions of people around the world – a commitment to truth-telling, and a science-based plan for flattening the curve, Andrew Cuomo filled that void,” Penguin Random House said in an August 2020 news release.
Crown, however, ceased promoting Cuomo’s book in March in the midst of several sexual harassment allegations and accusations that he had covered up COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, The Guardian reported. Crown did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment about the deal; Crown told The Times, “we never comment on contractual matters or financial arrangements with any of our authors.”
Cuomo announced his resignation on Tuesday, following a 165-page report from New York Attorney General Letitia James that found he sexually harassed 11 women. Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing.
“In my mind, I have never crossed the line with anyone,” Cuomo said in a speech on Tuesday. “But I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn.”
“I never did and I never would intentionally disrespect a woman,” he added later, addressing his daughters.
It is unclear whether or not Cuomo will be required to pay back the remainder of his advance since resigning.
Cuomo’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.
Now that Cuomo has announced his resignation amid a sexual harassment scandal and several others, the custom knit sweaters lack the caché that once justified their $285 price tag, at least in the minds of those who bought them.
“In light of recent news, we feel it is our duty to update the stitching on any ‘Cuomosexual’ or ‘cuomo for president’ sweaters that were purchased last year, to a new phrase of your choice,” the Lingua Franca boutique store announced in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
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In a desperate attempt to stave off impeachment, outgoing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reportedly weighed running “person-on-the-street” ads featuring voters boasting about his record, according to a new report.
According to The New York Times, Cuomo advisers looked into “preparing and running a series of person-on-the-street television advertisements featuring New Yorkers who thought he was doing a great job, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.”
The idea was ultimately scrapped, according to the Times.
CNN’s Brian Stelter appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday, addressing the ongoing criticism the cable network is facing over host Chris Cuomo in relation to the scandal surrounding his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“Some people are mad at him,” Stelter told Colbert of how people at CNN feel about Cuomo in relation to interactions with his brother. Stelter described the situation as “really complicated” and “definitely awkward.”
There’s “no page for this” scenario in the “journalism ethics book,” Stelter said.
Cuomo in May apologized after it came to light that he’d advised his brother on how to handle sexual harassment allegations. The New York Times on Tuesday reported that Cuomo regularly spoke with the New York governor over the past week and urged him to resign. The governor announced his resignation, effective in two weeks, on Tuesday.
Stelter told Colbert that he also confirmed with a source that Cuomo has been in contact with his brother. When Colbert asked if Cuomo was the source Stelter said no, adding, “You’ve got to have boundaries. You’ve got to draw a line.”
“Why? He doesn’t!” Colbert replied.
“I think he does actually,” Stelter said.
Stelter said CNN had barred Cuomo from speaking about his brother on air as the scandal has escalated.
“Then why didn’t they rule that way when his brother was on pretty much every night during the COVID crisis?” Colbert asked. “That seems like an odd conflict of rules.”
The governor regularly appeared on Cuomo’s CNN show throughout the pandemic, particularly at a time when New York was considered the epicenter of the crisis.
Last week, the New York attorney general’s office released a 165-page report that said the governor “sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees by, among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, as well as making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women.”
The governor has consistently pushed against the allegations, and continued this trend as he announced his plans to resign. “In my mind I’ve never crossed the line with anyone,” he said.
“There is a huge difference between having an awkward interaction and discussing / learning from it vs. mobilizing entire networks and institutions to bring in victims, silence coverage, and retaliate against those who report abuse,” she wrote. “Trying to blur that line helps abuses continue.”
Ocasio-Cortez concluded the string of tweets by saying: “Gov. Cuomo’s resignation is necessary and long overdue. But there is still a large amount of work ahead to account for and reverse the ways our institutions were molded over years to maximize the impunity and lack of transparency necessary for these abuses to unfold as they did.”
President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo did a “hell of a job” while in office and that’s why “it’s so sad” he’s now resigning.
“He’s done a hell of a job – on everything from access to voting to infrastructure to a whole range of things. That’s why it’s so sad,” Biden said while taking questions from reporters following Cuomo’s resignation announcement, which was prompted by multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The president was explicitly commenting on what Cuomo’s done in office, and not his personal behavior.
Another reporter pressed Biden on whether he could “really say” that Cuomo did a “hell of a job” given “he’s accused of sexually harassing women on the job.”
Biden pushed back, saying: “Should he remain as governor is one question, and women should be believed when they make accusations that … on the face of them make sense and are investigated … and the judgment was made what they said was correct – that’s one thing.”
“The question was, ‘Did he do a good job on infrastructure?’ That was the question. He did,” Biden added.
Biden previously called on Cuomo to resign after New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ office issued a damning 165-page report that said the governor “sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees by, among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, as well as making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women.”
The president on Tuesday said he respected Cuomo’s decision to resign.
Cuomo has repeatedly pushed back on the allegations against him, and continued to do so while announcing his plans to step down. “In my mind I’ve never crossed the line with anyone,” said Cuomo, whose resignation will be effective in 14 days.
CNN host Chris Cuomo is continuing to advise his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, amid calls for the latter to resign over sexual harassment, The Washington Post reported Monday.
Citing “people familiar with the situation,” The Post said that the host of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” is one of a handful of people advising the embattled politician.
Last week, the New York Attorney General’s office released a report concluding that the Democratic governor had engaged in serial sexual harassment, spurring a fresh round of calls for him to step down. Cuomo has denied wrongdoing.
A spokesperson for CNN referred Insider to previous statements by Chris Cuomo and the network and noted that the anchor had not taken part in any “official” conversations as previously promised.
In May, the cable news network stood by its anchor after The Post reported he had taken part in strategy calls with his brother’s communications team, raising eyebrows among media watchdogs. That collaboration was detailed in the New York AG report.
“Chris has not been involved in CNN’s extensive coverage of the allegations against Governor Cuomo – on air or behind the scenes,” CNN said in May 2021. “In part because, as he has said on his show, he could never be objective. But also because he often serves as a sounding board for his brother. However, it was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor’s staff, which Chris acknowledges. He will not participate in such conversations going forward.”
At the time, CNN defended his actions by noting that their 9 p.m. weekday anchor had not taken part in coverage concerning his brother. Cuomo himself apologized to colleagues. “To them, I’m truly sorry.”
How exactly it plays out depends heavily on the Assembly’s impeachment investigation, which is set to heat up after this Friday’s deadline for the governor’s office to submit evidence in Cuomo’s defense.
Here are four plausible scenarios on how this scandal-ridden saga ends for Andrew Cuomo, all but one of which involve him forgoing the fourth term bid that eluded his father.
Through the spring, impeachment seemed like the least likely possibility.
Heastie changed his tune once the report was released and called for Cuomo’s resignation, injecting a newfound urgency into the impeachment investigation and making removal from office not only a genuine possibility, but one of the most likely outcomes.
A Monday press conference from Heastie and Assemblyman Charles Levine, a Long Island Democrat in charge of the probe, made clear that once the Friday deadline passes, lawmakers will move forward with the nuts and bolts of impeachment proceedings.
However, state law requires the Senate to wait 30 days after articles of impeachment are filed before they can begin the trial, giving Cuomo until October at the earliest to prepare for that showdown.
Cuomo has refused to resign on several occasions, even going so far as to accuse New York lawmakers of “bowing to cancel culture.”
With no allies left to defend him beyond his own attorney, Cuomo is more isolated than ever before.
Resignation would bring about the swiftest end to the saga, and it would arguably allow Cuomo to retain some degree of dignity and preserve whatever political future he has left.
The most tempting window for Cuomo to resign may fall between the Assembly vote and the Senate trial, which was the same point at which former US President Richard Nixon chose to resign amid the Watergate scandal.
As Laura Nahmias recently wrote for New York’s Intelligencer, “Heastie badly wants the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee to create an airtight, legally bulletproof, and dispassionate case against Cuomo, so the famously slippery governor can’t somehow escape on a technicality, or distract from the shocking sexual harassment charges against him by nitpicking holes in the legal proceedings.”
This could explain why Cuomo would wait until impeachment proceedings get under way before deciding to resign, but given the pattern he’s demonstrated over the past five months, no one should hold their breath.
The three term off ramp
Cuomo has reportedly been working on brokering a deal with the Assembly to get out of the impeachment predicament.
In exchange for his promise not to run again in 2022, the Assembly would hold off from impeaching him, according to The City.
Heastie denied the notion at his Monday press conference, telling reporters, “I am not negotiating any deals.”
“Further delay is an affront to the women who came forward and to survivors everywhere,” Katz wrote in a statement last week.
A run for a fourth term
This would be a continuation of what Cuomo has already been doing for months: keep holding events in front of friendly audiences, rally the base, and buy time.
Cuomo could try to rely on the public losing interest as the impeachment investigation drags on, hoping for polling to show a reversal from the new majority of New Yorkers who want him to leave office. That number is up to 70%, according to the latest Quinnipiac survey, with 55% of New Yorkers saying he should be charged with a crime.
While this option could leave his reputation more tarnished than under any of the other scenarios, Cuomo could choose to rely on his campaign war chest to fend off a primary challenger and count on traditionally poor statewide performances from Republicans to secure a fourth term.
The last Republican to take the governor’s office from Democratic control was George Pataki in 1994. His opponent was Mario Cuomo.
New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has reportedly begun preparations to staff up in the governor’s office if and when she needs to replace Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Hochul has “sought advice on potential first steps in office, as well as whom to hire and which members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration might stay on if he resigned or was removed from office,” according to Jimmy Vielkind of the Wall Street Journal.
Hochul is gearing up for what happens if Cuomo is impeached or resigns after bombshell revelations in New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ report of the three-term governor sexually harassing 11 women and creating a “hostile work environment.”
As a former staffer for the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Hochul has connections across New York politics that go back decades.
If Cuomo resigns or gets removed through impeachment, Hochul would take office and serve out the rest of his term until 2023. If either scenario plays out, Hochul would be New York’s first female governor.
Hochul spent the last several months holding limited public events with minimal press availability, a stark departure from her reputation as an omnipresent state official who has been to all 62 counties in the Empire State.
That changed last week, when she released a statement condemning her boss in the how the report “documented repulsive and unlawful behavior by the governor.”
Melissa DeRosa, top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, announced her resignation Sunday night as the governor faces sexual harassment charges and calls for his impeachment, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of New York for the last 10 years,” DeRosa said in a statement. “Personally, the past 2 years have been emotionally and mentally trying. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such talented and committed colleagues on behalf of our state.”
DeRosa was mentioned repeatedly throughout the report. She was identified by investigators as the person who decided to release confidential files about Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to come forward with accusations against Cuomo, following Boylan’s December 13 tweet accusing the governor of sexually harassing her.
Additionally, the report said DeRosa helped the governor craft responses to multiple allegations of sexual harassment, prepare for press conferences, and identify former staffers who may have talked to reporters.