Is New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Re-Election Bid at Risk?

Third-term New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may be at risk in his upcoming re-election bid in 2022. According to Fox News, Republican House Representative Lee Zeldin “is being encouraged by Republicans to run next year against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.” 

Fox News reported that a Republican consultant said, “In the last 48 hours a significant number of large donors and influential Republicans have reached out to Lee Zeldin to ask him to take on Cuomo.”

Cuomo has recently been the subject of scrutiny over his handling of nursing home patients during the pandemic, which is now being investigated by New York’s Attorney General Letitia James. So far, the investigation is in “its early stages,” but it has currently found that nursing home deaths within the state were underreported by as much as 50% in some areas.

Calls for federal investigations as well as for Cuomo’s resignation have begun to erupt after a transcript of a call between Cuomo’s top aide and New York Lawmakers was made public. The transcript showed that the Cuomo administration had knowingly withheld information on the amount of nursing COVID-19 deaths within the state over a fear that the statistics would “be used against us.”

More details from the controversial transcript are available here: