New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is apparently under investigation by the FBI for falsely recording how many people are on his staff in an attempt to show that he has a lower staffing budget than he actually does.
The man who is also tipped to be a 2020 presidential candidate denies any wrongdoing by saying that it is common practice. This cannot be used as a legal defense in America. Saying that he does it, but that everyone else does it too is not an excuse.
A spokesman for the governor, Rich Azzopardi, said that all people are doing it from all sides of the political spectrum:
“In this environment, anyone can ask about anything,” Azzopardi said. “Given that the federal Department of Justice and the White House have a long history of utilizing this practice, perhaps the FBI can investigate them when this charade is over.”
When he says “in this environment” could he be referring to the fact that unfounded allegations are ruining political careers, such as the accusations against Judge Roy Moore in Alabama? Or is he referring to the divisive blame game that came to the forefront under former president Barack Obama?
But the fact remains, that if Cuomo did intentionally try to mislead the public regarding his hirings, then this is a major ethical violation. It doesn’t matter if others are doing it, they should be punished too, regardless of which party they belong to. It is about lies and transparency.