Cuomo Gave Family Members, Other VIPs Special Access To COVID-19 Testing During Shortage

New York governor Andrew Cuomo did a good job making people think he was worried about others during the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the end though, it appears he was worried only about himself and his family.

According to the Washington Post, Cuomo prioritized relatives and top associates known as “specials” or “VIPs” by giving them special access to coronavirus testing during test shortages. Yes, you read that correctly. Once again, it sounds like Cuomo wasn’t so perfect in his handling of the pandemic as many would have you believe.

The family side of it at least makes some sense. The governor took care of his brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, mother and at least one sister by having tests administered at their private residences. That’s an issue, but at least it’s understandable.

Taking care of your “friends” though and using the power of governor to do it? Big yikes.

Nurses were literally sent to penthouses in Manhattan to collect testing samples. Those samples were then rushed — by state troopers, by the way — to the Wadsworth Center to be analyzed by workers who went above and beyond their normal work shift.

“We should avoid insincere efforts to rewrite the past,” Richard Azzopardi, Cuomo’s senior adviser said. “In the early days of this pandemic, when there was a heavy emphasis on contact tracing, we were absolutely going above and beyond to get people testing — including in some instances going to people’s homes — and door to door in places like New Rochelle — to take samples from those believed to have been exposed to COVID in order to identify cases and prevent additional ones.”

“Among those we assisted were members of the general public, including legislators, reporters, state workers and their families who feared they had contracted the virus and had the capability to further spread it,” he said, according to an article from the Daily Caller.

Well, this is probably not going to go over well.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. I don’t take issue with this action for any Governor. In terms of a Governor, in general, the least amount of distractions for him or her during a crisis situation the better. Concerns about your families safety and well-being is a distraction when big decisions need to be made. (As far as Cuomo, he committed real crimes, I am going to focus on them.)

    • Agree completely. Look I think Cuomo is the biggest pile of shit out there, but give me a break on this disingenuous BS. EVERY single person who has any kind of pull in this situation takes care of their family and friends first. Without a doubt if every politician was audited, from President to any member of town council across the country they pulled this shit. They are politicians, it’s what they do. Sucks but welcome to reality let’s not start playing the liberal utopia standards game.

      I think all this cursory BS is minimizing the fact that Cuomo LIED and OBSTRUCTED JUSTICE when the DOJ asked him for accurate data on his murderous schemes. Which in turn proves the Dems were incompetent in dealing with COVID and completely politicized it to batter Trump.

  2. There is no way Cuomo (either one) gets held accountable for any of this. The legacy media is not even subtle about being the propaganda arm of the Neo-Marxist/Democratic party. In fact, I would not be surprised (I am not joking about this) if somehow this gets tied to Trump, white men and toxic masculinity as the reason Cuomo was forced to do what he did.

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