Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Melissa DeRosa slams his successor Kathy Hochul
A former top adviser to Andrew Cuomo has criticized his successor in the New York governor’s office as “deaf” for her tactics in the battle for abortion rights ahead of key midterm elections.
In an op-ed on Friday for the daily beastMelissa DeRosa took aim at Gov. Kathy Hochul, as well as other Democrats, criticizing them for how they have responded to the likely overturn of Roe v Wade.
After the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that indicated the court will strip legal protections for abortion across the country, Democrats have been buzzing ahead of the midterm elections.
But DeRosa, who was once dubbed a “bad girl” by other Cuomo staffers, argues that Democrats have overestimated the importance of the abortion issue to voters in states where the ruling will have little impact.
“Anxious to turn the tables on crime and the economy and make abortion the election issue, Democrats in the blue states where Roe has been codified seemed political and deaf,” DeRosa wrote.
In a Friday op-ed for the Daily Beast, Melissa DeRosa took aim at Gov. Kathy Hochul and other Democrats, criticizing them for their tactics in the battle for abortion rights.
DeRosa criticized her former boss’s successor, Kathy Hochul (above), calling the governor “deaf” and implying that she is a fake progressive.
In a Friday op-ed for the Daily Beast, Melissa DeRosa took aim at some in her own party.
DeRosa called Hochul by name, calling her ‘a former NRA A-rated conservative Democrat who previously bragged about how many times she voted against “Obamacare.”‘
Hochul previously served in Congress as a moderate, becoming the first Democrat in 40 years to win an upstate conservative district. She has said that her views on gun control have “evolved” since her time in the House.
After Hochul declared a $35 million fund to help women seeking abortions travel to get them in New York, DeRosa said his pro-choice friends suggested that “if the state has that much cash, they’d like to get their tax money back.
DeRosa also criticized Hochul for a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he called on companies to move headquarters to New York because of the state’s strong legal protections for abortion.
“In a post-COVID world where businesses have relocated to more tax-friendly states and in the midst of a crime wave, does the governor really think featuring businesses based on abortion policies is persuasive?” DeRosa asked.
“It was such an ill-advised article that it felt like cheating by the paper’s conservative-leaning editorial board,” he added.
DeRosa stepped down as Cuomo’s senior adviser in August 2021, just days before he stepped down as governor amid mounting scandals.
DeRosa also criticized Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, calling him “the proverbial dog that caught the car” for not engaging with moderates to pass a law protecting some abortions.
“At a time when Republicans should be on the defensive, Democrats have inexplicably given them a lifeline,” he wrote.
DeRosa stepped down as Cuomo’s top aide in August 2021, just days before he resigned as governor in the face of mounting scandals over sexual harassment allegations and his handling of nursing home deaths in the pandemic.
Hochul, who had been a little-known figure as Cuomo’s lieutenant governor, automatically succeeded him and is seeking re-election to the post in November.
Though Cuomo has mostly kept a low profile since leaving office in disgrace, the former political star has also viciously attacked Hochul.
Cuomo has mostly kept a low profile since leaving office in disgrace, but is reportedly planning a political comeback of some kind.
Last month, he criticized Hochul for his “incompetence” and “underground deals,” citing in part the Buffalo Bills’ recently announced $850 million stadium deal that could directly benefit Hochul’s husband’s concession business.
Cuomo made the jabs in a New York Daily News column titled ‘There’s a Better Way Forward for New York State.’
‘Albany’s culture now is ‘see no evil’ and ‘go to get along.’ State government is back to parochial politics, fundraising and incompetence,’ the embattled career politician wrote.
Cuomo has reportedly been considering a return to politics, but his plans to regain the spotlight remain closely guarded.