Are there two governors more despised and commanding less respect than Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California?
Let’s see, one seems to be hanging on to his job by a thread, mired in so many scandals it’s hard to keep track, and the other on the verge of possibly being voted out of office this fall in a recall election.
Despite their follies, and pathetic performances according to not only their critics, but millions of residents of their states, Cuomo and Newsom are making big bucks, despite running states with the highest states in the U.S., out of control homeless problems, and mass defections of people and businesses to Florida, Texas, Arizona and other states.
Cuomo made $225,000 in 2020, which gives him the distinction of being the highest-paid governor in the history of the country. Newsom earned $202,000, while the average salary for a U.S. governor is $143,270.
Cuomo’s salary was a drop in the bucket in relation to his total income in 2020. He was paid a seven-figure advance to write his book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.” An interesting postscript to this story is Cuomo is being investigated on whether he received help improperly from state employees to help write it. There’s also the allegations of sexual harassment he’s facing.
One of Cuomo’s senior advisors categorically denied anything illegal was done in the writing of his book, saying the idea was “patently absurd on its face.”
As residents of New York and California have learned over the past year, just because something is absurd, doesn’t mean it’s not true.