Biden is facing a significant amount of pushback after a Sunday report revealed that the Democratic Presidential nominee is considering an extremely controversial pick for his attorney general should he win the election.
Axios reported that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may very well be Biden’s pick for the AG spot. Democratic donors within Cuomo’s orbit have reportedly told the outlet that Cuomo is being pushed for the attorney general job and that Biden is considering him for the role based on their decades-long friendship.
Aides at the National Governors Association – which Cuomo chairs – have begun looking for contingencies to replace him.
Biden’s campaign team has declined to comment.
Asked earlier this year by ABC’s “Good Morning America” whether he would accept a potential Cabinet post within a Biden administration, Cuomo said he is content to remain Governor of New York.
“I was in a Cabinet, I was in Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, been there, done that,” Cuomo said, referring to when he was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001. “I don’t want to go to Washington. They couldn’t drag me, they couldn’t force me. I only represent the people of the state, I have no agenda besides theirs.”
Cuomo is best known nationally for his disastrous handling of the Coronavirus outbreak in New York.
As the mainstream media attempted to sing Cuomo’s praises early on for what they called a favorable handling of New York’s coronavirus pandemic – despite the fact that New York maintained the top spot for total deaths from the Chinese virus – it was later revealed that a horrifying decision made by the governor forced a number of unnecessary deaths.
Late in March – at the height of the pandemic, Cuomo mandated that elderly patients who tested positive for the coronavirus, be sent into nursing homes – accounting for thousands of deaths among the elderly.
According to the mandate, the nursing homes were further prohibited from testing incoming residents for the virus before they arrived.
More than 6,300 COVID-positive patients were admitted to nursing homes between March 25 and May, according to a report from the New York state health department. The high number of admitted patients has been widely blamed for the state’s official care home death toll of more than 6,600, but some suggest that this number is multiple times higher which would explain why Cuomo refused to have a third party investigator look into his nursing home mandate.
Cuomo has also recently come under fire for a decision which many are suggesting is one intended to target the Jewish community in New York as he imposes new state-wide restrictions on synagogues, schools, and “non-essential” businesses in primarily Jewish communities.
This most recent questionable decision by Cuomo led to mass protests from the Jewish community who say they’re being singled out by the New York Governor.
“We are appalled by Governor Cuomo’s words and actions today,” community leaders wrote in a statement. “He has chosen to pursue a scientifically and constitutionally questionable shutdown of our communities.”
“Governor Cuomo’s choice to single out a particular religious group, complete with a slideshow of photos to highlight his point, was outrageous,” they continued. “His language was dangerous and divisive, and left the implication that Orthodox Jews alone are responsible for rising COVID cases in New York State,”