While countless politicians were exposed this year disobeying their own coronavirus restrictions, Governor Andrew Cuomo at least had the foresight to change the rules before doing what he wants.
According to The Post Millennial:
Cuomo was the subject of controversy on Wednesday, following the announcement that football fans will be permitted to attend a Buffalo Bills Wild Card playoff game, the team’s first time hosting in a quarter of a century, after he expressed a desire to attend. The controversy comes as it was Cuomo who banned large events, yet the restrictions were immediately lifted following the Governor’s own personal interest in attending the game.
Just last week Cuomo said, “…it was a great game, by the way—that was just unbelievable. I mean really incredible. You almost sense the energy and the optimism and the confidence, the way they played, and Josh Allen was just unbelievable, I want to attend a Bills game. I’ve attended them in the past.”
Back in May Cuomo said much of the same. At a press conference he said, while speaking on restrictions on sports; “Personal disclosure, I want to watch the Buffalo Bills. But I’m still objective, acting as governor, there’s no personal agenda here. Yes, I do want to watch the Bills. But that is not subverting my role as governor. I think this is in the best interest of all the people and the best interest of the state of New York — even though I do have a coincident, personal agenda because I want to watch the Bills. But they are separate agendas. At least some would say I have a conflict of interest; I want to disclose it.”
New York has experienced 188 coronavirus deaths per 100,000 citizens, the second highest in the nation after New Jersey (which was 205 per 100,000). States often maligned in the media like Florida have a death rate of 96 per 100,000.
And it’s with that record that Cuomo said last week that he expected Santa would be “very good” to him this past Christmas for all his hard work this year.
Maybe he got Buffalo Bills tickets in his stocking.