Douglas Andrews / Mar. 25, 2021

The Cuomos Exercise Family Privilege

Is it any wonder that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put the welfare of his family before that of his constituents?

Perhaps this isn’t even newsworthy, given how little we’ve come to expect of New York’s Emmy Award-winning governor. And perhaps putting the safety and wellbeing of one’s elite family above that of the unwashed masses is just part of being Andrew Cuomo.

But one wonders: When are self-respecting New Yorkers finally going to do something about the occupant of the governor’s mansion?

According to the New York Post reported, “Andrew Cuomo and Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker allegedly directed that members of the governor’s family and bigwigs with ties to his administration should get priority coronavirus testing last year. … Relatives of Cuomo, including his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, one of their sisters and their mom, Matilda Cuomo, were tested several times during the early days of the pandemic, the Albany Times-Union reported. The testing was done by high-level members of the state Health Department, often at private homes.”

In response, a flack for the governor said the accusations were “insincere efforts to rewrite the past.”

No word on whether Cuomo’s spokesman also considers the accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct with at least eight women and the accusations of a cover-up of the true death toll caused by his lethal policy of shoving the state’s coronavirus-positive seniors back into nursing homes as “insincere efforts to rewrite the past.”

Speaking of hardworking flacks for political hacks, here’s what a CNN spokesperson said about Chris Cuomo, the cable “news” anchor who also benefited from this preferential treatment: “It is not surprising that in the earliest days of a once-in-a-century global pandemic, when Chris was showing symptoms and was concerned about possible spread, he turned to anyone he could for advice and assistance, as any human being would.”

Indeed, as “The Most Trusted Name in News” sees it, if you take issue with the royal treatment the First Family of New York has afforded itself during this pandemic, you’re not human.

Put another way: Perhaps you don’t know who we are.

“Nobody surprised here,” tweeted Democrat Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou in response to the news that her state’s governor put his family first.

“This latest report of prioritizing his family members for COVID testing … and having their tests moved to the front of the line … adds to a very long list of reasons why Cuomo’s Gotta Go,” said New York Representative Lee Zeldin in a statement.

If ever there were a reason to distrust the mainstream media, Andrew Cuomo is it. Remember: It was its unfailingly fawning coverage during the pandemic that helped Cuomo win an Emmy Award and a sweet six-figure advance for his book on leadership lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cleary, though, there’s at least one leadership lesson that Andrew Cuomo never learned: putting the welfare of the people first.

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