Thursday, October 28

Pressure grows on Cuomo, who continues to refuse to resign

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The political pressure exercised over the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has not stopped increasing this week, especially after the details of one of the six allegations of sexual harassment poured out against him, but this Friday the regidor has again refused to resign, and has lashed out at those who have turned their backs on it.

I have not done what has been claimed, period, “Cuomo said in a telephone press conference, in which he highlighted the possibility that the accusations are due to some type of hidden motivation.” As a former attorney general and someone who has been through this situation many times, to there are often many reasons to present allegations, “said the governor.

Cuomo, who has gone from being regarded overnight as a hero for his handling of the pandemic to being shunned by a long list of his own fellow party members, has described the politicians who have called for his resignation as “foolish and dangerous”. “Politicians who do not know a single fact and still come to a conclusion and an opinion, are in my opinion foolish and dangerous,” he said before urging New York citizens to distrust such representatives.

Of the six testimonies from women who have claimed to have been victims of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior by the New York politician, the last one has caused the greatest impact. According to information published by the local Albany Times Union newspaper, a young Cuomo employee was sexually assaulted at the governor’s official residence at the end of 2020, when the politician asked her to come and help him solve a problem with her cell phone. Cuomo would have then put his hands under the blouse of the employee, who has not been identified, and he groped her breasts.

A day after the details were known, the New York Legislature announced on Thursday an investigation to establish whether a political trial is held against him, while a group of 59 Democratic state legislators issued a statement calling for his resignation.

This Friday things for Cuomo got even worse if possible, when hours before the governor’s appearance before the press, 11 representatives in the Washington legislative houses, including the popular Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman, they also demanded his resignation. They were later joined by the Democratic Majority Leader in the Senate from the USA, Chuck Schumer, and New York Senator Kirsten Gilibrand, who in a joint statement said that “from the multiple and credible allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, it is clear that Cuomo has lost the trust of his governing partners and the people of New York.” In addition, a reporter who had covered local politics in Albany, the capital of the state of New York, for the Politico medium also announced that she suffered from her inappropriate behavior.

Minutes before Cuomo’s remarks on Friday, the New York Times published an article in which he claimed to have spoken with “dozens” of his current and former employees who described the councilor’s workplace as chaotic, unprofessional and toxic, especially for young women.

Despite everything, Cuomo, who has been in office for more than a decade and is the son of Mario Cuomo, who was also governor of New York for three terms, remained firm in his decision not to resign, and hinted that he is being attacked. for, according to him, not being part of the political establishment. “Part of this is that I am not part of the political club. And you know what? I am proud of it,” he said this Friday in his appearance before the press, in which he accused those who have demanded his resignation of “giving in to the Pressure”. “The people know the difference between political games and giving in to the culture of cancellation, and the truth,” he added.

The governor clung above all to the investigations that are being carried out by both the judicial committee of the state Legislative Assembly and the one being carried out by the New York Attorney General’s Office, and pointed out that we must wait for their conclusions. “Let the investigation advance. I am not going to resign. I was not elected by the politicians, I was elected by the people,” he said.

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