Andrew Cuomo Book Deal Faces Ethics Inquiry

Andrew Cuomo Book Deal Faces Ethics Inquiry

( – New York’s former Democratic Governor, Andrew Cuomo, resigned in disgrace earlier this year after state Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation found evidence that he abused and harassed several current and former state employees. He currently faces potential civil and criminal penalties for his alleged misdeeds. However, he has a new problem on his hands involving last year’s publication of a book he wrote about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The embattled former governor supposedly received clearance from the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics to publish the book in August 2020. According to reports, a commission staff member rubber-stamped the project. The commission itself never actually took a vote on the matter.

Since then, New York’s new governor, Kathy Hochul (D), appointed two new members to the panel. On October 5, a majority of commission members voted in favor of opening an investigation into the approval of Cuomo’s $5.1 million book deal. There are rumors Cuomo staff members helped edit draft versions of the book and sat in on meetings with his publisher, Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House, in violation of laws prohibiting the use of state employees on private projects.

New York authorities weren’t the only ones to greenlight Cuomo’s book under questionable circumstances. Allegations emerged in the spring of 2020 that Cuomo’s mishandling of the pandemic led to scores of nursing home deaths. Yet, Crown decided to publish the book anyway in October 2020.

On the other hand, Simon & Schuster canceled plans to publish a book by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) in the wake of allegations that he tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

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