A day before New York Assemblyman-elect Mike Lawler takes office, the Republican is already taking aim at Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his response to the
A day before New York Assemblyman-elect Mike Lawler takes office, the Republican is already taking aim at Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his response to the coronavirus pandemic and current vaccination efforts.
After Cuomo blamed other officials and hospitals for the state’s low rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Lawler said any blame should fall squarely on the governor himself. As of Dec. 30, the state had reportedly administered less than a third of its vaccines.
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“It’s very simple: @NYGovCuomo asked for and was given complete control of the pandemic response back in March of last year,” Lawler tweeted Tuesday. “He therefore is completely responsible for the consequences of his decisions: nursing home deaths and the failed vaccine distribution.
“That he continues to pass the buck to others, including the hospitals, is as jarring as it is arrogant,” he continued.
He then stated that people should expect as much given that Cuomo wrote a book about his response to the pandemic while it was still going on, and sold a poster celebrating his effort.
Fox News reached out to Cuomo’s office for comment but they did not immediately respond.
The governor also faced criticism from the left over his recent statements. Actress Cynthia Nixon, who challenged Cuomo in the 2018 Democratic primary, slammed the governor for shifting blame.
“Typical Cuomo: blaming others for his slow vaccine roll out,” she tweeted.
Cuomo drew ire due to statements he made at a Monday press briefing, during which he addressed the slow vaccination process, passing blame and issuing threats.
“We need the public officials to manage those public hospitals,” he said, according to the New York Post, referring to distributors including New York City’s Health and Hospitals system. He included visual aids that showed images of leaders such as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“I need them to take personal responsibility for their hospitals,” he said. “This is a management issue of the hospitals. They have to move the vaccine, and they have to move the vaccine faster.”
Cuomo threatened hospitals that do not distribute their vaccines quickly enough by warning that they could be fined or kept from receiving additional shipments of the vaccine.
“That’s just arrogance,” de Blasio told NY1’s Errol Louis, referring to Cuomo’s apparent belief that threats of fines would improve matters.
“Does he think that our health care professionals are uninterested in vaccinating people?” the mayor asked. “How about trusting the people who have been our heroes?”
Cuomo’s remarks came days after he faced scathing criticism from Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, who blamed the governor for vaccination woes.
“The state has no idea what it’s doing,” McLaughlin said according to the Post. “The Cuomo handling of the vaccine is blithering incompetence.”