New York government Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home scandal now has a “follow-the-money” angle, Fox News contributor and The Hill media columnist Joe Concha told “America Reports” on Friday.
The New York Times reported late Thursday that the Democrat’s top aides removed a number of nursing home residents who died in the coronavirus pandemic from a report released by state health officials in June.
The Times report noted that the “extraordinary intervention” from the Cuomo administration came when the governor began writing his book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
“I never thought we would have a ‘follow the money’ kind of angle in this story that we see in so many scandals,” told Concha host John Roberts. “But when you look at what Governor Cuomo got paid as an advance – $ 783,000 by HarperCollins … that’s a pretty damning thing when you think about the kind of money involved here.”
Concha added that the reported changes to the report came at a time when Cuomo was enjoying massive popularity.
“He had overall approval ratings of about 70%, the highest in his career. So yes, the right time to write a book and the wrong time to get bad news about nursing homes is coming out.”
Concha went on to say that recent reports from the Times and The Wall Street Journal are “devastating to the governor who … is fighting on several fronts, not just the nursing home scandal, which is the biggest story, but these allegations of sexual harassment by three women. “
Concha also criticized President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for their silence on the various controversies surrounding the New York governor.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
“Since Kamala Harris was elected as Joe Biden’s running mate, she has not had any press conferences,” Concha said.
“I want to hear [Biden in-person] condemn Andrew Cuomo or say what he says about an investigation, [like] let it play. As we talked about yesterday, he is the first president in 100 years not to hold a solo press conference in the first five weeks after accession. “