Fox News meteorologist and author Janice Dean slammed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over news that he will be hosting a $10,000 per ticket fundraiser for his re-election later this month.
The event is being dubbed a “summer reception” with the governor and offers single tickets at the aforementioned price, as well as dual admission at a cost of $15,000.
“You. Can’t. Make. It. Up,” Dean seethed in a tweet sharing the report. “[$10,000] to meet the Luv Guv in person this month.”
The reference to Cuomo as the ‘Luv Guv’ is a likely jab at both he and his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, who helped hype the Governor during the pandemic by playfully referring to his single status.
“I am the Luv Guv,” the Democrat said to his little brother at one point. “I’m a cool dude in a loose mood, you know that. I just say let it go, just go with the flow, baby.”
In a subsequent tweet hours later, Dean referred to Cuomo as “despicable.”
The $10,000 per ticket event does not have a specific location listed on the invitation but does indicate it will be held somewhere in New York City.
Andrew Cuomo to Host $10,000 per Ticket Campaign Fundraiser in NYC https://t.co/a5N48E2BKU
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) June 2, 2021
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Cuomo Fundraiser In Between Multiple Investigations
The extravagant fundraiser comes as Andrew Cuomo’s political future is in turmoil, the subject of multiple investigations and impeachment inquiries.
The scandals embroiling him are wide-ranging and numerous, including:
- Forcing nursing homes to take on COVID-positive patients.
- Hiding the data on those deaths and stripping numbers from DOH reports.
- Numerous sexual misconduct allegations including a police report involving forcibly groping an aide.
- Bullying and threatening fellow lawmakers and members of the media.
- Under investigation for a $5.1 million book deal profiting off the pandemic by having aides write and edit portions using state resources.
- Provided priority COVID-19 testing for his family and associates, also allegedly using state resources.
Dutchess County Executive and 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro joked that the fundraiser might well just be going to Cuomo’s legal defense fund.
There’s a typo: “Cuomo to host $10,000 a ticket legal defense fund fundraiser.”
There. Fixed it. https://t.co/mT8dm7FIwt
— Marc Molinaro (@marcmolinaro) June 1, 2021
Dean has been a leading voice on the nursing home scandal involving Governor Cuomo, her in-laws being the sad and unfortunate victims of COVID-19, where nursing homes in New York played a significant part.
Cuomo issued an executive order last March forcing care facilities to take in COVID-positive patients. The order was not reversed for months.
A bombshell report from the New York Times in April led Dean to suggest many people in the Cuomo administration belong in prison.
The Times report indicated top aides to the Governor overruled his own health experts, blocked the release of the pandemic’s true death toll numbers at nursing homes for five months, and did so all while they were helping him write a book using state resources.
“I really feel like he should go to jail,” Dean said at the time. “And all these people surrounding him that covered this up for so many months, they should go to jail.”
Maybe a good old fashioned protest outside this cash grab at the end of the month? https://t.co/K0kPACihXS
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) June 2, 2021
Janice Dean Should Attend Cuomo’s $10,000 Shindig
Dean, along with Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin, had some ideas for Cuomo’s $10,000 per ticket fundraiser.
“Maybe a good old-fashioned protest outside this cash grab at the end of the month?” wondered Dean.
McLaughlin tweeted, “Someone should start a GoFundMe and get a ticket for [Janice Dean] … Now THAT would be interesting.”
— Steve McLaughlin (@SteveMcNY) June 2, 2021
Dean responded to McLaughlin’s suggestion saying she would “definitely call and find out where the event is.”
She later advised that Governor Cuomo, instead of holding a $10,000 per ticket fundraiser for re-election, should meet with the families of the victims of his nursing home scandal.
“I think he should meet with many of us who lost loved ones in nursing homes. But he’s a coward,” lamented Dean. “He would never show up.”
State Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, is also conducting an investigation of allegations that the Governor used state resources and state employees to write his book on leadership during the pandemic.
The book earned Cuomo a $5.1 million payday.
The Albany Times Union is accusing the Cuomo administration of refusing to release records involving the book.
What have you got to hide, @NYGovCuomo?
Cuomo refuses to release records related to his 5.1 million dollar blood money book.
Grateful to the @timesunion for their reporting. The truth will come out eventually.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) June 1, 2021
The New York Post is reporting that Cuomo’s fundraiser is the first since being hit with state and federal investigations.
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