The sexual harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have been escalating in number and seriousness and now they are six , including two actions that could constitute aggression . The Democrat-controlled state Assembly on Thursday took the step of opening an investigation into a potential impeachment , which could lead to eventual impeachment.
The state prosecutor’s office is also investigating , as well as the Albany police, to which one of the latest accusations has referred. And this Friday the clamor for the resignation reached Washington, where the two senators and at least 12 of the New York Democratic representatives urged their fellow ranks to resign both due to the serious accusations of a sexual nature and those that question the management of nursing homes during the pandemic.
At least before Chuck Schumer, Senate leader and one of the party’s heavyweights , spoke , Cuomo resisted the pressure.
The statement from Schumer and the other senator for the state, Kristen Gillibrand, represents in any case the clearest sign of the almost absolute loneliness of the New York governor at this time. And the scandal inevitably knocks on the doors of the White House of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris .
Defense and attack
In a telephone press conference on Friday, five hours before the senators’ statement, the governor insisted that he would not leave office. “Women have the right to report and encouraged, but (…) it is a question of truth. I did not do (that) what I am accused. Point” .
Cuomo doesn’t just defend himself, he attacks. This Friday, for example, he questioned the motivations and actions and the “lack of experience” of the Democrats in Washington who have called for his resignation, including progressives recently arrived on Capitol Hill such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman, but also veterans like Jerrold Nadler.
“The people of New York should not trust politicians who take a position without knowing the facts,” has said in a poisoned dart Cuomo, who has accused them of ” kneeling before the culture of cancellation ” before reiterating his message: ” I’m not going to resign. ”
At the press conference Cuomo has also tried to allege “political motivations” behind the clamor for him to leave office, he has framed it within the struggle between the factions of the Democratic Party and has also tried to paint himself as someone outside the “club of the politics “, despite having three terms in Albany, he is the son of a former governor and has been from secretary in the government of Bill Clinton to attorney general in New York.
The AOC and Bowman statement
“This week, the second indictment of sexual assault and the sixth indictment of harassment were leveled against Governor Cuomo. The fact that the latter has occurred so recently is alarming and raises concerns about the current safety and well-being of the staff of the All of these allegations have been consistent and very detailed, and there are also credible media reports corroborating their accounts, “both congressmen wrote.
Controversial hospital management
Ocasio-Cortez and Bowman cite the New York nursing home scandal , where Cuomo allegedly counted thousands of elderly deaths as hospital deaths rather than nursing home deaths, to avoid a possible Justice Department investigation. A case that the New York prosecutor’s office has also begun to investigate.
“As members of the New York delegation in the House of Representatives of the US , we believe in these women, we believe in the reports, we believe in the general prosecutor and believe that the 55 legislators of the State of New York, including Majority Leader of the Senate (Andrea Stewart-Cousins), who have concluded that Governor Cuomo can no longer lead effectively in the face of so many challenges, “the statement concludes.