It seems that the dam has broken on Andrew Cuomo.
Now there’s more bad news than ever before.
But now, Andrew Cuomo attempted to play this one card that left people horrified.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been in the news more this past month than any other time in his career.
And not for good reasons.
In February, Cuomo came under close scrutiny and heavy fire after his aide Melissa DeRosa accidentally let information about the mishandling of coronavirus cases in New York nursing homes slip.
If that wasn’t enough, now Cuomo’s former aide, Charlotte Bennett is claiming Cuomo made many inappropriate remarks about her appearance and asked her many questions about her sex life.
In addition, Lindsey Boylan, a deputy secretary for economic development and special advisor to Cuomo from 2015 to 2018, stated that Cuomo had “sexually harassed [her] for years.”
In response to this wave of allegations, Cuomo released a statement last Saturday night saying he was “truly sorry” if “some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”
However, he stands by the fact that he never propositioned these women or sexually harassed them.
In a statement released by his office, he stated:
“To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable,”
He added that he had teased people about their personal lives in an attempt to be “playful.”
In addition, he stated:
“I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended. I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.”
This admission of wrongdoing came as the debate raged over who should investigate these claims.
At the end of the day, Cuomo agreed to the demands that Attorney General Letitia James be put in charge of the investigation.
James expects to receive a formal referral which will give her office subpoena power and allow her to deputize an outside law firm for “a rigorous and independent investigation.”
In light of these allegations, White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke on CNN’s State of the Union to address the President’s response to the allegations and the ensuing investigation.
“There should be an independent review of these allegations. They’re serious. It was hard to read that story as a woman. And that process should move forward as quickly as possible and that’s something we all support and the president supports.”
Also, she said Joe Biden believes Bennett and Boylan “should be treated with respect and dignity.”
Many people will ask why these women did not report this abuse earlier.
That is not the question that should be asked.
These allegations, and the investigation into Cuomo’s personal behavior, should be taken seriously and should serve as a demonstration of how these kinds of actions should never be tolerated.