Finally! Pressure from both sides leaves Cuomo with no cover. And although he tries to justify his behavior, the truth finally comes out.
Cuomo is guilty as charged!
I must admit, I’m a little surprised to see the left get on board. Last week, it seems as if silence was their only strategy. In fact, I called out the hypocrisy, citing Cuomo’s attitudes towards Justice Kavanaugh in 2018.
Cuomo insisted Kavanaugh clear his name with a polygraph. Has Cuomo held himself to the same standard? Not that I know of. But his denial of his behavior is slowing caving in.
I’m scared of letting optimism grow too fast here, but I take some comfort in the fact that Cuomo is facing pressure from both sides of the aisle. It’s clearly a win for the equality of women.
As Fox News details:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing pressure from both sides of the aisle in the wake of sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by two former aides.
The Democrat has been the target of criticism in recent days from Republicans such as Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., as well as members of his own party at the state, local and federal level.
“Gov. Cuomo is a criminal sexual predator and he must immediately resign,” Stefanik said in a statement in response to a New York Times report recounting allegations from former Cuomo adviser Charlotte Bennett.
According to the Times, Bennett said Cuomo asked her questions about her sex life, whether she was monogamous in her relationships and if she had ever had sex with older men.
The 25-year-old staffer described to the Times an incident that took place in June when she was “alone” with the 63-year-old governor in his State Capitol office. According to the report, he allegedly asked her if she thought age made a difference in romantic relationships and that he was open to having relationships with women in their 20s, which were noted by the Times as “comments she interpreted as clear overtures to a sexual relationship.”
In response to the allegations, Cuomo told the Times that he “never made advances toward Ms. Bennett nor did I ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate.”
Bennett’s allegations followed claims made by former Cuomo staffer Lindsey Boylan, who accused the governor of going “out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs,” kissing her while they were alone in his office, and suggesting that they “play strip poker” during a plane ride.
Cuomo’s office denied Boylan’s harassment claims, calling them “simply false” and insisting the strip poker comment “did not happen.”
De Blasio vs Cuomo
It didn’t take long for Mayor de Blasio to jump into the ring.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who has often been at odds with Cuomo, called for an independent investigation of the governor after Boylan made her allegations.
“When a woman comes forward with these kinds of very specific allegations we have to take them seriously,” de Blasio said. “We need a full and independent investigation.”
On Sunday, following Bennett’s allegations, de Blasio issued a new statement, calling again for an investigation “led by someone fully independent of the governor.”
Let’s just hope de Blasio doesn’t eat those words, like Cuomo did.
Democratic New York State Assemblyman Ron Kim shared de Blasio’s statement on Twitter, suggesting that the governor step down instead.
“Or … Cuomo can resign tonight,” Kim said. “Not tomorrow. Tonight.”
State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, another Democrat, also called for Cuomo’s resignation.
“As a New Yorker, a legislator, Chair of the Senate Ethics and Internal Governance Committee, and a survivor of sexual abuse, I am calling for Governor Cuomo to resign,” Biaggi tweeted Saturday.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., joined the calls for an investigation following Bennett’s claims. In an email to Fox News, Gillibrand called the allegations “serious and deeply concerning.”
Obviously, the left realizes the optics here are damning. How can the founders of #MeToo sit back while Cuomo plays the part of classic chauvinistic pig?
What’s worse in this whole ordeal is the fact that Cuomo actually tried to justify his behavior, saying he was ‘just joking,’ as if that makes it all OK.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a little bit of a flirtatious joker myself. But not with my boss. Or anyone who would answer to me at work. It’s not ok to keep someone at the office past quitting time, and then use that as an opening to stick your tongue in their mouth. And Cuomo’s justification negates any nobleness of acknowledging the claims.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo attempted to explain his past interactions with staffers as the embattled Democrat is facing multiple accusations of sexual harassment.
“Questions have been raised about some of my past interactions with people in the office,” Cuomo began in a press release on Sunday. “I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm. I spend most of my life at work and colleagues are often also personal friends.”
“At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good-natured way,” the governor explained. “I do it in public and in private. You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married. I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business.”
And then, Cuomo added the standard leftist disclaimer:
“I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended. I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”
Cuomo topped it off with a blatant denial of the more serious charges.
The governor did, however, offer an explicit denial that he “touched anybody” and “never propositioned anybody,” which directly contradicts the claims made by his former aide Lindsey Boylan, who alleged he touched her and forcibly kissed her on the lips.
“I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to,” Cuomo stated. “That’s why I have asked for an outside, independent review that looks at these allegations.
“Separately, my office has heard anecdotally that some people have reached out to Ms. [Charlotte] Bennett to express displeasure about her coming forward. My message to anyone doing that is you have misjudged what matters to me and my administration and you should stop now – period.”
We all know what comes next. Let’s just say it all together.
Leftists love a good investigation. Now let’s see what happens when one of their own is the target.
Cuomo theoretically agreed to be the target of an investigation, but he tried to control which way the ball rolls. Cuomo attempted to appoint Judge Barbara Jones to lead the probe against him.
Now, I don’t know anything about Cuomo’s relationship with this judge, but I’m going to take a stab in the dark. For some reason, Cuomo felt Judge Jones would help steer the narrative in his favor. It’s not a far-fetched theory, considering Jones is linked to Steve Cohen, former Cuomo aide.
Following criticism over this pick, Cuomo’s office announced the selection of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to work with New York Attorney General Letitia James to select an independent lawyer for the probe.
James rejected that plan.
“The state’s Executive Law clearly gives my office the authority to investigate this matter once the governor provides a referral,” James said in a statement. “While I have deep respect for Chief Judge DiFiore, I am the duly elected attorney general and it is my responsibility to carry out this task, per Executive Law.”
This is just one more scandal for the books. Cuomo’s already under fire for his mishandling of the scamdemic. His policies put thousands of elderly people at risk. Then his administration cooked the books, withholding valuable data. His brother helped him cover the truth with ridiculous banter. And that’s the tip of the iceberg. I’m sure Cuomo’s scandals will continue to unravel in the public eye, like a downhill mudslide. Don’t be surprised if we’re left with another Harvey Weinstein. Mark my words, in the end, Cuomo will be buried by his own behavior.