The Brothers Cuomo Will Face No Consequences

 

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.

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  1. Stina Member
    Stina
    @CM

    The constitution is dead.

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  2. Rodin Member
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    Stina (View Comment):

    The constitution is dead.

    Agree. This isn’t a constitutional issue beyond taking an oath to faithfully execute the laws (which presumes you will not violated them as well). Sadly that constitutional issue is far too prevalent in politics starting the pResident Biden. But in another sense you are entirely correct, a constitution means nothing if we keep electing people who take oaths they do not intend to honor.

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  3. Stina Member
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    @CM

    Rodin (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):

    The constitution is dead.

    Agree. This isn’t a constitutional issue beyond taking an oath to faithfully execute the laws (which presumes you will not violated them as well). Sadly that constitutional issue is far too prevalent in politics starting the pResident Biden. But in another sense you are entirely correct, a constitution means nothing if we keep electing people who take oaths they do not intend to honor.

    It’s inequality under the law. The foundation of constitutional government is that your government cannot act outside the law – they are bound by it same as you or I.

    That there is no equality under the law is prima fasci evidence that the constitution is dead.

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  4. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

    Joe Biden, also credibly accused of sexually assaulting a Democrat staffer, calls for Cuomo to resign. In the words of Homer Simpson, “Why I laugh?”

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  5. Jim McConnell Member
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    @JimMcConnell

    “Progressives” with no shame or ethics will just ride out the controversy with no penalty and with the active support and connivance of the MSM. Cuomo will probably survive to win his next election.

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  6. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

    Seen: House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) called for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to “resign and be arrested immediately” in a statement Tuesday after an independent investigators’ report said the governor allegedly sexually harassed multiple women.

    I like the cut of her jib…or is that a sexist thing to say? Anyway much better cut than that Cheney short-termer.

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  7. Psmith Coolidge
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    @KarenZiminski

    Jon, I hope you’re wrong, but….

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  8. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    @jon

    Update: Chris Cuomo led his CNN show tonight with…

    An attack on Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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  9. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
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    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Joe Biden, also credibly accused of sexually assaulting a Democrat staffer, calls for Cuomo to resign. In the words of Homer Simpson, “Why I laugh?”

    Will Biden’s call for Cuomo’s resignation be as effective as his call for Gov. Northam’s resignation?

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  10. tigerlily Member
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    @tigerlily

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    Update: Chris Cuomo led his CNN show tonight with…

    An attack on Gov. Ron DeSantis.

    Of course.

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  11. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Democracy) Thatcher
    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Democracy)
    @GumbyMark

    The politics inside the Democratic Party behind this are interesting.

    Cuomo is not regarded as a true Progressive by New York Progressives (believe it or not, he is not considered radical and partisan enough for them).  AG Letitia James is 100% a true Progressive.  The game here is to get Cuomo to resign or be weakened so that a “true” Progressive, maybe even James, can get the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2022.

    AG James’ first shot, in late January 2021, was to after Cuomo using the nursing home deaths and his coverup of the deaths.  But why, when this scandal had been known since spring 2020 did it not become “public” until January?  Because until Biden was inaugurated any move by James would have been seen as helping Donald Trump and what are the deaths of a few thousand compared to getting rid of Trump?  I think that failed to get traction because it was still too close to covid and Trump plus taking out Cuomo over it could indirectly help DeSantis.  That’s why it has disappeared as an issue in most of the media.

    The second shot was Cuomo’s women troubles which can’t be seen in any way as helping Trump or Republicans.  But Cuomo’s “hands-on” approach is something that’s been widely known for many years, and nobody in the party has actually liked the guy for years, so why now?  Because it’s time for a “true” Progressive to govern New York so it’s the right time to put the coup in motion.  Be interesting to see if Cuomo can stick it out and pull a Northam.

    My sense is that Cuomo is more expendable from a Democratic perspective.  His interim successor will be a Democrat and it would be a shock if a Democrat doesn’t win the 2022 governor’s election.  In Northam’s case it looked like he was on the way out until his Lt Governor and AG, both D’s, faced bad scandals, and if all three stepped down a Republican would become governor.  That couldn’t be permitted to happen so the Democrats and their media allies immediately dropped calls for Northam to resign and he survived to become a D icon!

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  12. Brian Watt Member
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    @BrianWatt

    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    Joe Biden, also credibly accused of sexually assaulting a Democrat staffer, calls for Cuomo to resign. In the words of Homer Simpson, “Why I laugh?”

    Will Biden’s call for Cuomo’s resignation be as effective as his call for Gov. Northam’s resignation?

    No doubt…which I believe Jon alluded to in the OP.

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  13. Old Bathos Moderator
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    @OldBathos

    Hard to say.  

    I am surprised how quickly the party leaders turned on him instead of burbling about Respecting The Process for a wait-see.

    The NY AG openly urged the accusers to sue. As a progressive woman of color, she is untouchable as far as bias accusations go.

    Biden’s DOJ would normally be expected to bail on the felonious lies about his 6,000 murder victims in nursing homes out of partisan solidarity. But perhaps they will use it as leverage in case the party has deemed him a liability and wants to give him a push, not that the DOJ is a largely corrupt partisan sewer that would be used in that way…

    Cuomo is an arrogant putz not much brighter than his brother Fredo. His future prospects are dim. Unless the NY Gov candidate bench is especially weak, I don’t see any benefit for Democrats to keep him around.

    Fredo is not much of a ratings draw as it is, even less if his brother goes down. He would be just a reminder that CNN was in the tank for a granny-killing sexual predator.

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  14. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    @GlennAmurgis

    And they wonder why we don’t trust government institutions 

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  15. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    @ChrisCampion

    Impeach.  Remove.  Bar from office.

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  16. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: 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.”

    Well Lady, put your money where your mouth is and file charges . . .

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  17. Front Seat Cat Member
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    @FrontSeatCat

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    Update: Chris Cuomo led his CNN show tonight with…

    An attack on Gov. Ron DeSantis.

    They may have to serve him an eviction notice and change the locks…….

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  18. Percival Thatcher
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    @Percival

    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    Impeach. Remove. Bar from office.

    Trump talking to Billy Bush about touching women… that is the Worst. Thing. Ever.

    Cuomo actually doing it? No big deal.

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  19. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
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    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    Impeach. Remove. Bar from office.

    Agree completely.

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  20. EHerring Coolidge
    EHerring
    @EHerring

    The Constitution barely exists and is no longer the ” supreme law of the land.” Few articles are intact, few rights are respected.

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  21. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

    Speaking of sexual assaults…

    Girl Who Was Touched By Biden In Viral Video is All Grown Up, Confirms Biden Groped Her, Pinched Her Nipple

    Story here.

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  22. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    Percival (View Comment):

    Gazpacho Grande’ (View Comment):

    Impeach. Remove. Bar from office.

    Trump talking to Billy Bush about touching women… that is the Worst. Thing. Ever.

    Cuomo and Biden actually doing it? No big deal.

    There you go.

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  23. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    Gazpacho Grande’ (View Comment):

    Impeach. Remove. Bar from office.

    Agree completely.

    You realize that, coming from you, that doesn’t really help the argument?

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  24. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

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  25. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt
    @BrianWatt

    I realize this article is ancient history since it’s from way back in February of this year…but…

    Tara Reade calls out AOC’s hypocrisy in handling Cuomo accusers vs. her allegations against Biden

     

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  26. kedavis Member
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    @kedavis

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    I realize this article is ancient history since it’s from way back in February of this year…but…

    Tara Reade calls out AOC’s hypocrisy in handling Cuomo accusers vs. her allegations against Biden

     

    No surprise, all of those people were hypocrites about Bill Clinton too.

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  27. Judge Mental Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    I realize this article is ancient history since it’s from way back in February of this year…but…

    Tara Reade calls out AOC’s hypocrisy in handling Cuomo accusers vs. her allegations against Biden

     

    No surprise, all of those people were hypocrites about Bill Clinton too.

    With Clinton they hadn’t yet reached full wokeness.  Bill forced them to abandon the sexual harassment movement for about ten years.

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  28. kedavis Member
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    I realize this article is ancient history since it’s from way back in February of this year…but…

    Tara Reade calls out AOC’s hypocrisy in handling Cuomo accusers vs. her allegations against Biden

     

    No surprise, all of those people were hypocrites about Bill Clinton too.

    With Clinton they hadn’t yet reached full wokeness. Bill forced them to abandon the sexual harassment movement for about ten years.

    They still abandon it whenever needed to suit their agenda.

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  29. Judge Mental Member
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    @JudgeMental

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Brian Watt (View Comment):

    I realize this article is ancient history since it’s from way back in February of this year…but…

    Tara Reade calls out AOC’s hypocrisy in handling Cuomo accusers vs. her allegations against Biden

     

    No surprise, all of those people were hypocrites about Bill Clinton too.

    With Clinton they hadn’t yet reached full wokeness. Bill forced them to abandon the sexual harassment movement for about ten years.

    They still abandon it whenever needed to suit their agenda.

    Not quite my point.  Back then, they still felt the need to be at least somewhat consistent.  Now, of course, they can argue diametrically opposed view within the same breath.  Because they’ve become fully woke.

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  30. Full Size Tabby Member
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    @FullSizeTabby

    Jon Gabriel, Ed.: Then, over a photo montage of the governor interacting with people, he [Cuomo] 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.”

    I was captivated by a commentator who noted that Cuomo’s own defense demonstrated what a high sense of entitlement he has. He can do anything to anyone he wants. And since he trots that out as his defense, he seems completely oblivious to how entitled that makes him look.

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