While New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces investigations over his coronavirus response and allegations of sexual harassment, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul waits in the wings in case he falls.
Cuomo said on Wednesday that he will not resign, but he’s still facing significant pressure to do so from Democrats on both the state and national stage. If Cuomo goes, Hochul is next in line. Her ascent wouldn’t be the first time she has benefited from another party member’s blunders.
Hochul, 62, hails from Buffalo and stepped into national politics almost by accident. In 2011, Christopher Lee, the Republican congressman representing the Rust Belt city, abruptly resigned when the