More Influential Dems Call on New York Governor to Resign
Mar 13 2021
In light of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as well as lingering outrage over how he handled the coronavirus pandemic in the state's nursing homes, several members of Congress on Friday called for the Democrat to immediately resign. The governor told reporters he would be focusing on his job rather than resigning and called for both probes to proceed, adding that politicians who issue opinions without knowing the facts are "reckless and risky". The Democrat requested people to "wait for facts" from an ongoing investigation into the claims.
Mr Cuomo has said he will not resign and has asked the public to await the results of that probe before making a judgment.
The woman hasn't filed a criminal complaint, but a lawyer for the governor said Thursday that the state reported the allegation to Albany police after the woman declined to do so herself.
A growing number of women have accused the governor of inappropriate behavior.
Along with an allegation that the governor groped a female aide at the Executive Mansion previous year, Cuomo is facing allegations of sexually suggestive remarks and behavior toward women, including female aides.
Cuomo is guaranteed due process under law. He has, however, apologised for acting in a way that made some women feel uncomfortable but has maintained that his behaviour was unintentional. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer became the latest members of New York's congressional delegation to call on Gov. The senators, like Cuomo, are both members of the Democratic Party.
The majority of the House of Representative's New York delegation has called on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down amid a slew of recent sexual misconduct allegations.
It comes after 59 Democrats in the state legislature on Thursday signed a statement demanding Cuomo step down and as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has also called on him to quit.
Some in Cuomo's party had already turned against him for his administration's move to keep secret how many nursing home residents died of COVID-19 for months, and the latest wave of defections signalled a possible tipping point.
An increasingly politically isolated Andrew Cuomo was spotted roaming the grounds of the official residence of the Governor of NY, draped in a blanket and clutching a bottle of Saratoga Spring Water on Friday, amid a growing chorus of voices demanding that he resign over sexual harassment allegations.
The governor continued on to say the investigations should be completed so the facts are revealed and he will not argue the issue in the press. On that day, a sixth woman, one of his employees, made the most serious accusations so far, accusing her of putting her hand under her shirt at the end of 2020, at her official residence. But he declared that people know the difference between a political game and a "culture of annulment" and the truth.
"Women have a right to come forward and be heard, and I encourage that fully", he said. "While enjoying a weekend with my husband and six-year-old daughter, I spontaneously chose to share a small part of the truth I had hidden for so long in shame and never planned to disclose". I did not do what has been alleged.
With a sprawling coalition of congressional leaders joining dozens of state lawmakers in calling for the embattled governor to step down, the Democrat hit back.
Facing eroding support across the political spectrum, Cuomo, who was also seen strolling with one of his daughters around the New York State Executive Mansion, has found himself at the heart of an escalating political crisis that has spawned an impeachment inquiry into his alleged misconduct.