If Andrew Cuomo is to survive, he should join the GOP

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For the publisher: If I were New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, I would change my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. After all, what can it do wrong? (“Will Andrew Cuomo Resign Amid Latest Sexual Harassment Allegations? I Doubt It”, Opinion, August 3)

More than 74 million people, including a large majority of evangelical Christians, agreed to vote for a womanizer who bragged about having grabbed women by their private parts. He is also said to have cheated on his third wife shortly after the birth of their son – with an adult film actress, no less.

This man was elected president as a Republican. Cuomo, who was found by the New York attorney general for sexually harassing women who worked for him, couldn’t do worse.

Lutz E. Moeckel, Garden Grove

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For the publisher: As the Chicago Mafia boss, Al Capone has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars and killed dozens of people. Politicians and police were in his pocket, allowing his reign of terror. The federal government ultimately fired him – not for racketeering, bribery, theft and murder, but for tax evasion.

As governor of New York, Cuomo contributed to the pandemic death toll by forcing nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients who had been released from the hospital. He stuck to his decision and hid the real death toll.

Yet he remained a media darling even as allegations of his bad behavior mounted. The public outcry over the New York attorney general’s report could finally bring him down.

Tax evasion and, in Cuomo’s case, sexual harassment should be punished appropriately. But, let’s not fool ourselves into believing that these are the only despicable things Capone and Cuomo have done.

Bookbinder Hal, Oak Park

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