[Ed. – Apparently was still edging out the competition for the next gubernatorial run, as of Monday. Friday updates confirm the statehouse is suspending the impeachment investigation, assuming Cuomo follows through and resigns on 25 August. WFB’s Joseph Simonson brings us up to speed.]
Cuomo’s Tuesday announcement that he would leave office came because he lost the faith of state legislators, who publicly promised to move forward with impeachment proceedings, according to reports. Cuomo did not, however, admit to any wrongdoing: His resignation came immediately after his legal representative delivered a rebuttal of each of the 11 allegations from women who said they were sexually harassed by the governor.
Cuomo remains popular with New Yorkers, he’s got millions in campaign funds to spend, and he’s never been particularly afraid of media scrutiny. He may have resigned, but it’s highly unlikely we’ve seen the end of Cuomo.
Polling shows that Cuomo maintained popularity up until his announcement. On Aug. 9, the day before Cuomo resigned, the Democratic polling firm Slingshot Strategies released a survey that showed him with a 1-point lead out of 15 potential gubernatorial candidates, with 28 percent support. New York attorney general Letitia James (D.) took second place, with 27 percent support, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D.) came in third, with 25 percent support. Cuomo’s job approval rating sat at 72 percent, making him one of the most popular governors in the country. Just 40 percent of New Yorkers said he should be removed from office.