Governor-in-waiting Kathy Hochul on Thursday declared that she’s going to run for reelection subsequent 12 months, as she once more separated herself from disgraced departing Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying any alleged sexual misconduct occurred in an “insular” setting.
“Yes, I will,” the lieutenant governor mentioned on NBC’s “Today,” her first public indication that she’ll run in 2022. “I fully expect to.”
“I’m prepared for this,” continued Hochul. “I am the most prepared person to assume this responsibility and I and I’m going to ask the voters at some point for their faith in me again, but right now, I need that faith, I need their prayers, and I need their support to make sure we get this right.”
Hochul, a former consultant of Buffalo’s twenty sixth District in Congress, predicted Empire State voters will respect her work ethic, promising that she “wont let New Yorkers down.”
“I’m confident they’ll see that I fight like hell every single day,” she mentioned. “It’s how I’m hardwired, and I’m looking forward to this challenge, and I won’t let New Yorkers down.”
State Attorney General Letitia James, Mayor Bill de Blasio, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and Rep. Tom Suozzi of Long Island have all additionally made early-stage strikes towards potential bids for governor.
Meanwhile, Hochul insisted she didn’t witness or know of sexual harassment documented in James’ sexual harassment probe, saying the setting through which the alleged sexual misconduct occurred was “insular.”
“That was very much an insular situation, what was going on in his office,” she mentioned.
Hochul claimed that since she was traversing New York State, she hadn’t “been in the rooms” the place Cuomo allegedly perpetuated the serial, unlawful sexual misconduct.
“I think if anyone knows my career, they know that I’ve not been close to the governor. It’s no secret, and my schedule reflects [that] I spend very little time in Albany, except when I’m presiding over the Senate,” she advised NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. “I’ve not been in the rooms when this has happened, and it is actually sickening to me to see this surface.”
Also Thursday, Hochul reiterated her pledge to create a clear break between her upcoming administration and the present governor’s, by booting staffers and officers concerned in Cuomo’s downfall-inducing scandals.
Among her “very first steps” she vowed to absorb 12 days is “ensuring” that anybody who the report discovered was “involved in any kind of unethical behavior will no longer be part of this administration.”
“They’re gone on day one, so let’s get that very clear,” she mentioned.
Marking the top of a historic fall from grace, Cuomo announced Tuesday that he’ll resign, impact in two weeks.
Hochul said Wednesday that Cuomo’s option to create 14-day ready interval between his resignation announcement and his lieutenant taking on is just not one she wished.
“It’s not what I asked for,” Hochul mentioned throughout a press convention in Albany of the disgraced governor’s plan.
“However, I’m looking forward to a smooth transition, which he promised.”