Cuomo resigned as governor, but he still has to be a father
When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation after a report accused him of sexual harassment, I was surprised.
Cuomo had spent days talking about how he would fight the accusations, how he had not done what he was accused of, how he planned to defend himself against it all.
But when he resigned, he talked about loving New York too much to put the state through that kind of fight. And then he said something that struck me more than anything else. He talked about his three adult daughters.
“I want them to know, from the bottom of my heart: I never did, and I never would, intentionally disrespect a woman or treat a woman differently than I would want them treated,” Cuomo said. “Your dad made mistakes. And he apologized. And he learned from it. And that’s what life is all about.”
That struck me because I am a father. And whether or not Cuomo is guilty of sexually harassing the 11 women whose claims are outlined in the report, he is a father, too. And the fact that his actions reflect on his daughters was a reminder for me.
It was a reminder that as fathers we are in a position to affect our children’s lives. When we do what’s right, they’re blessed by that, but when we do what’s wrong, they suffer. This is not to say that fathers can’t make mistakes.
But we do have to know that we’re responsible for people other than ourselves. People who wouldn’t be here without us. That’s why we have to love our children enough to think about them before we act.
Photo: Governor Andrew Cuomo By. Diana Robinson