NEW YORK—As New Yorkers begin to turn the page on the tumultuous sexual misconduct scandal and subsequent resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo, voters and party organizers on the ground are learning more about their incoming governor.
Current Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul will soon take the reigns as the first female Governor of New York in the state’s history, but little is known about where she currently stands on prominent issues.
As the Associated Press reported on Hochul’s accession as a moderate Democrat, some began to question her previous positions, seemingly unaware of her moderate and “independent” streaks.
In 2012, Hochul, then a United States Representative (NY-26), was one of seventeen House Democrats who joined with Tea-Party Republicans to hold former President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress during the “Fast and Furious” scandal.
The contempt vote was claimed by the left and the NAACP as a political sham and sideshow. However, Hochul stood with GOP firebrand Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on the issue, who at the time was Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
Although progressives and feminist organizers are entering the honeymoon phase, this will most likely be short-lived when Hochul starts governing as a moderate and as an independent. Or when they begin to remember that Hochul has flip-flopped on progressive positions before.
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