New York’s Two Senators Join Mounting Calls for Governor Cuomo to Resign

New York’s two U.S. senators joined other leading Democrats in urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign on Friday after a seventh woman came forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct.

Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, and Kirsten Gillibrand, a leading voice of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse, joined others including U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in calling on the three-term Democratic governor to resign.

Cuomo, 63, the divorced father of three daughters in their 20s, again repeated his denial of the allegations on Friday and said it was “reckless and dangerous” for politicians to ask him to resign before they have all the facts.

“Women have a right to come forward and be heard, and I encourage that fully. But I also want to be clear: there is still a question of the truth. I did not do what has been alleged, period,” Cuomo said on a call with reporters.

“Wait for the facts. An opinion without facts is irresponsible,” he said.

Asked on Friday if he ever had consensual romantic relationships with any of the women, Cuomo responded by saying only that he never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, and was sorry if he did.

Hours after the governor’s call with reporters, Schumer and Gillibrand became the highest-profile national politicians to urge him to resign.

“Due to the multiple, credible sexual harassment and misconduct allegations, it is clear that Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of his governing partners and the people of New York,” the two senators said in a joint statement.

A growing list of women including former aides have accused the governor of sexual misconduct, ranging from unwelcome flirtatious behavior at work to groping.

Reporter Jessica Bakeman became the latest on Friday, writing a first-person account for New York magazine. She said Cuomo had often put his hands on her, including one time when taking a picture with her at a 2014 holiday party when she said he remarked, “I’m sorry. Am I making you uncomfortable? I thought we were going steady.”

Bakeman said she did not want to smile for the camera with Cuomo’s hands on her, but decided it was easier to take a quick picture than challenge a powerful politician.

“I never thought the governor wanted to have sex with me. It wasn’t about sex. It was about power,” she wrote. “He wanted me to know that he could take my dignity away at any moment with an inappropriate comment or a hand on my waist.”

The new calls for Cuomo to resign came a day after more than 55 Democratic New York state lawmakers urged him to step down, and the state legislature said it would open an impeachment investigation into the allegations.

The legislative inquiry will run parallel to an investigation led by the office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James.

The two senators joined at least 16 of the 27 members of New York’s U.S. congressional delegation in urging Cuomo to quit, calling into question the political future of the high profile Democratic figure, who gained national prominence for his leadership during the peak of his state’s COVID-19 crisis.

While 15 U.S. House members from New York issued their statements on Friday, a House aide told Reuters there was no formal, coordinated effort within the delegation to pressure Cuomo.

On Tuesday, an unnamed aide told the Times Union that Cuomo had groped her after calling her to the executive mansion under the pretext of business last year, long after the #MeToo movement took down a host of politicians, media figures and business leaders for sexual harassment or assault.

“The fact that this latest report was so recent is alarming, and it raises concerns about the present safety and well-being of the administration’s staff,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a joint statement on Friday with U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday that President Joe Biden “certainly supports” the state attorney general’s investigation into the allegations. She added that the president and his COVID-19 response team would continue working with Cuomo on vaccination roll-out in New York.

(Reporting by Gabriella Borter and Joseph Ax; Additional reporting by Jeff Mason, David Morgan, Eric Beech and Richard Cowan in Washington, Maria Caspani in New York, Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut, and Daniel Trotta in Vista, California; Editing by Dan Grebler and Daniel Wallis)

Responses

  1. The man has been a known hypocritical douche bag since his days as daddy’s “Vote for Cuomo not the homo” ad campaign.
    The media darling aka Governor GrabAss needs to go. Go without the benefit of investigation because as we all know, all women need to be believed as a matter of course unless the accused as a high ranking Democrat then logic should apply right Andy.

    1. YOU live in NY, so I respect your opinion on the matter. BUT, WHY did everyone demand an investigation, if they don’t want to know the results or as you believe you already know what they are?
      I live in PA so the Governor of NY is not something I spend any time developing an opinion. But one minute everyone wants an investigation and the next they claim to know the results. I did hear a suggestion from a NY woman hoping to recruit Al Franken to return to NY and run against Gillibrand in the 2024 Senate primary race. She was not pleased with Gillibrand or Schumer’s call. After her call, 3 callers on Dan Abrams’ POTUS POLITICS show also claiming to be New Yorkers, supported her idea.

  2. homo cuomo – screw you people, I’m a democrat and can get away with anything I want… what are you going to do about it… NOTHING… so get lost

    1. I do not live in NY, so WHO the Governor of NY is does not concern me. Since you refuse to try Prevagen, I will refresh your memory.

      Did the TRUMP continue to win Republican primary races after a lawsuit was filed naming him the assaulter of a 13 yr old girl in Jeff Epstein’s NY apt in 1994? YES.

      Did the TRUMP leave the race after the Access Hollywood video was released of him bragging of assaulting women? NO. YOU still voted for him.

      Did TRUMP leave office after the 26th women made public accusations of harassment/assault? NO. Not only did he refuse to provide his DNA sample for the defamation lawsuit, he attempted to use the DOJ to defend him. AND YOU STILL VOTED FOR HIM.

      Did BRETT KAVANAUGH withdraw when a sexual assault was alleged? NO. R’s gave him a lifetime appointment.

      Did ROY MOORE withdraw from the AL Senate race when accused of multiple sexual harassment allegations? NO—He continued to have the endorsement of “former guy.” Thankfully, the voters of Alabama had more sense than “former guy.”

      Did BLAKE FARENTHOLD immediately resign when an $84,000 sexual harassment settlement had been made in Nov, 2015 PAID FOR BY THE TAXPAYERS? Did he resign when it became public in Dec, 2017? Did he payback the taxpayers? While others that used the fund resigned AND repaid the taxpayers, Farenthold held out until April, 2018 and to date has NOT repaid the taxpayers. ALL answers are NO. Did Rep Conyers resign and repay? Did Speaker Ryan and D leader Pelosi demand CONYERS resign? YES! Did Speaker Ryan demand the same of Farenthold? NO.

      Did Sen. JOHN ENSIGN resign when it became public he harassed his staffer? NO. Did other R Senators ask for his resignation? Did the ever pious Sen Coburn speak up even concerning HIS part in the settlement? NO….

      Need I go on?

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