Why Are Progressives Rejecting New York’s First Female Governor?

Dr. Munr Kazmir
5 min readAug 13, 2021

Kathy Hochul hasn’t even assumed her governorship yet and progressives are already planning to oust her.

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at a Land Trust Alliance conservation program event. April 15, 2019. (photo: NYS DEC)

The bigger they are, the harder they fall- and the more collateral damage they cause when they do, it must be said.

Exhibit A- see Andrew Cuomo.

Governor Cuomo is gone- well, not entirely- but he is certainly not forgotten. Nor is the fallout from his shocking resignation in any way over for the Democratic Party. On the contrary, the ignoble departure of New York’s once-popular Governor has created as many problems as it solved, perhaps more.

Yes, female public servants in New York are now safe from the politician so many progressives and celebrities toasted with cringeworthy nicknames such as the “Luv Guv” and “Cuomosexual” last year.

But a criminal investigation into the potential crimes of Andrew Cuomo, including attempts to silence those trying to blow the whistle on his predations, remains ongoing.

As does the possibility he may yet face impeachment- or worse.The sexual harassment scandal isn’t the only problem New York’s soon-to-be ex-governor is likely to face. The other shoe is still waiting to drop.

Questions, and serious ones, remain about Governor Cuomo’s disastrous nursing home policy and the extent to which his administration concealed the true number of nursing home deaths for political purposes.

The New York AG found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to avoid criticism from Donald Trump, underreported nursing home deaths in New York by a whopping 50%. On the heels of these two AG reports, members of Cuomo’s Administration are still likely to face serious political consequences for their role in the governor’s malfeasance.

That the Cuomo Administration certainly included his Lieutenant Governor, Kathleen Hochul, is the first bone of contention for progressives unhappy with this choice.

Thus far, New York’s first female governor has done extremely well in distancing herself from Andrew Cuomo’s spectacular fall from grace, insisting the two weren’t friends and didn’t work closely together.