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Gov. Andrew Cuomo violated federal and state sexual harassment laws, according to an independent investigation by New York state’s attorney general. In a Tuesday news conference, AG Letitia James revealed that Cuomo engaged in “unwanted groping, kissing, hugging, and making inappropriate comments” to multiple women, including state employees. The probe also found Cuomo allegedly retaliated against one accuser and presided over a toxic and hostile work environment.
After interviewing 179 witnesses, James said, “These interviews and pieces of evidence revealed a deeply disturbing yet clear picture: Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees in violation of federal and state laws.” She added that she was “inspired by all the brave women who came forward” and “more importantly, I believe them.”
Looks like the end for the third-term New York Governor, right? Not so fast…
Speaking Tuesday afternoon, Cuomo refused to step down and condemned the AG’s detailed report. “I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” he said. Then, over a photo montage of the governor interacting with people, he added, “I do it with everyone — black and white, young and old, straight and LGBTQ, powerful people, friends, strangers, people who I meet on the street.”
Both President Biden and Speaker Pelosi called on Cuomo to resign, as did Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and most of New York’s congressional delegation. Many of the same people called on current Virginia Gov. Ralph “Blackface” Northam to resign as well. Biden now calls Northam “one of the best governors in the country.”
The AG’s report also documented damage control efforts by Gov. Cuomo’s brother, Chris Cuomo. James said the CNN anchor was “regularly provided with confidential and often privileged information about state operations and helped make decisions that impacted State business and employees—all without any formal role, duty, or obligation to the State.”
This all looks very bad; can the Cuomo brothers survive? Of course, they can.
Most of the probe’s allegations were reported earlier this year. After a few days of tut-tutting from the media and politicos, the matter was dropped. The same treatment was given to Gov. Cuomo for sending Covid-positive seniors into New York nursing homes, resulting in a catastrophic number of deaths. Key figures expressed outrage, the governor ignored them, and the news cycle moved on.
CNN already cleared Chris Cuomo back in May, offering no disciplinary action to their prime-time anchor despite his dramatic breach of journalistic ethics.
Andrew Cuomo is a prominent Democrat, so the press will go back to bashing Gov. DeSantis for not killing seniors. Journalists want to appear on CNN, so Chris Cuomo’s wrongdoing will be forgotten. And when, a few months from now, the Cuomo Brothers are joking on TV with a giant Q-Tip and special guest Jeffrey Toobin, the media will laugh along with them.Published in