"I think that given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let the government get back to governing," said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in a televised address while announcing his resignation on Aug. 10.
In the wake of this unimpressive announcement (that is definitely not some kind of apology to his constituents or the scores of women who have come forward), many people are surely feeling validated, including Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, who recently denounced Human Rights Campaign and its president Alphonso David.
"I will not be accepting any campaign donations or support from @HRC unless and until there is a new president of this organization," Nessel tweeted last week.
If it seems the fall of "Handsy Cuomo" was inevitable, it's thanks to the alleged victims who have come forward, detailing Cuomo's touches, endearments and unwarranted advances. With impeachment nearly a given, Cuomo made a power move, choosing to resign rather than go through a public trial.
Cuomo has yet to publicly apologize to any of his accusers, but claims his totally innocent behavior has been misunderstood. "I thought a hug and putting a hand around a staff member was friendly, but she found it was too forward," reflected Cuomo.
Last week, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report that said Cuomo sexually assaulted almost a dozen women. Apparently, it was the beginning of the end of Cuomo's three-term career as governor.
"Today closes a sad chapter for all of New York, but it's an important step towards justice," said James in a public statement. "I thank Governor Cuomo for his contributions to our state."
In 14 days, New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will replace Cuomo, making her the state's first woman governor.
"I agree with Governor Cuomo's decision to step down," said Hochul in a tweet. "It is the right thing to do and in the best interest of our New Yorkers."
As expected, Twitter was abuzz in response to the big news about Cuomo's resignation: