Cuomo sexual harassment report: Flood of Democrats, Republicans call for NY governor to leave office
The three highest-ranking members of Congress from New York are leading a flood of politicians from the left, right and center who are calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after a report by the New York attorney general concluded Cuomo broke the law with his repeated sexual harassment.
“As we have said before, the reported actions of the Governor were profoundly disturbing, inappropriate and completely unacceptable,” Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said in a statement. “Today’s report from the New York State Attorney General substantiated and corroborated the allegations of the brave women who came forward to share their stories — and we commend the women for doing so.”
New York’s two U.S. senators continued to say that the investigation led by New York Attorney General Letitia James was “thorough and professional” and found “a pattern of sexually harassing current and former employees.”
“No elected official is above the law,” Schumer and Gillibrand added. “The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor’s office. We continue to believe that the Governor should resign.”
Both Schumer and Gillibrand previously said Cuomo should resign as evidence against the governor mounted earlier this year. But House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.,. who is the highest-ranking New Yorker in the House, stopped short of an explicit rebuke of the governor earlier. But after the attorney general’s report, Jeffries was ready to call for Cuomo to resign.
“The investigation has found that the Governor engaged in abusive behavior toward women, including subordinates, created a hostile work environment and violated state and federal law,” Jeffries said Tuesday. “The time has come for Governor Andrew Cuomo to do the right thing for the people of New York State and resign.”
Cuomo remained defiant Tuesday, calling a press conference Tuesday denying the allegations of the report, which names 11 women that he allegedly sexually harassed.
“My attorney, who is a non-political former federal prosecutor, has done a response to each allegation. And the facts are much different than what has been portrayed,” Cuomo said. “I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”
Cuomo included in his response many photos of him kissing, hugging and otherwise putting his hands on several people, including men and women.
“I do embrace people. I do hug people. Men and women,” Cuomo added, “On occasion I do slip and say sweetheart or darling or honey. I do banter with people. I do tell jokes, some better than others. I am the same person in public as I am in private.”