Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted his ouster as "politics" in some of the earliest public remarks since his resignation.

Cuomo, who has repeatedly denied all allegations of wrongdoing despite stepping down as governor of New York, shared an op-ed arguing his ousting "disenfranchised NY voters."

"This was politics. Every step of the way," Cuomo tweeted Wednesday night alongside a link to the article.


The op-ed, written by self-described "lifelong Democrat" and attorney David Pikus, expressed dismay at the "coup d’êtat in which Andrew Cuomo’s political rivals trampled the rights of the electorate and basic due process for their own political gain."

"The 'cancel culture' mentality supplanted governmental process and fairness, all politically orchestrated ... We all should be frightened by the notion that our leaders can be driven out by an insular group of politicians subverting the will of the voters. Elections matter," Pikus wrote.

Pikus also singled out Attorney General Letitia James — whose bombshell Aug. 3 report concluding Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women precipitated his resignation later that month — for criticism, saying she had "an obvious conflict as a potential Cuomo challenger."

"James was mandated by law to employ 'independent reviewers.' But her report was neither 'independent' nor a 'review,'" he continued. "Instead, she hand-picked Joon Kim, a longtime and well-known critic of Cuomo, and as the second reviewer, a lawyer specializing in female victims' lawsuits. James' presumption to 'believe all victims' is political rhetoric, not legal protocol."

The attorney argued James's report "adopted the cries of at least one person with a history of making false claims, anonymous complaints, or trivial contentions, and cites complainants to whom the law didn’t even apply," adding that the timing of the release forced Cuomo to relinquish "his opportunity for due process by voluntarily resigning."

"Her extreme progressive allies in the legislature pronounced him guilty en masse, giving him just a few days before they initiated the impeachment process. Without doubt, the governor’s detractors devised this unprecedentedly tight schedule to railroad him into resignation," he wrote.

Pikus's piece echoed claims from Cuomo himself, who railed against James's "unjust" report in his farewell address to the state.

"The attorney general's report was designed to be a political firecracker on an explosive topic, and it worked," Cuomo said in his Aug. 23 remarks. "There was a political and media stampede. But the truth will out in time. Of that I am confident."

After several women accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, James, who is widely believed to be a gubernatorial hopeful, opened an investigation into the allegations in March.

Throughout the final months of his governorship, Cuomo faced several additional allegations of impropriety, including claims that he directed health officials to give special access to COVID-19 testing to his inner circle and that he hid the state's coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, though the former governor has repeatedly denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

Cuomo resigned on Aug. 24 amid mounting pressure from within his own party, elevating then-Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul to the governorship.


In the early weeks of her governorship, Hochul vowed to purge the governor's mansion of "unethical" Cuomo staff members and end the "toxic workplace environment."

Though he is eligible, Cuomo has signaled he will not seek the governorship in 2022, with a spokeswoman for the former governor saying he "has no interest in running for office again."