Andrew Cuomo was warned.
Andrew Cuomo got some bad news about another woman accuser coming forward.
Three women – two former aides and a woman Governor Cuomo met at a wedding – stepped forward to credibly accused Cuomo of sexual harassment.
State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins put Cuomo on notice in an interview with the Albany TV program “Capitol Tonight” that the governor was on thin ice.
“Any further people coming forward, I think it would be time to resign,” Cousins stated.
Days later a fourth woman – another former aide named Karen Hinton – told the Washington Post that Cuomo sexually harassed her with an unwanted hug back when Cuomo was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration.
“A former press aide of Andrew M. Cuomo says he summoned her to his dimly lit hotel room and embraced her after a work event in 2000, when Cuomo led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and she was a consultant for the agency. The woman, Karen Hinton, says she pulled away from Cuomo, but he pulled her back toward his body, holding her before she backed away and left the room,” the Post reported.
Cuomo denied the allegation through a spokesman and blasted Hinton as a bitter rival with an axe to grind.
“This did not happen,” Cuomo’s communications director Peter Ajemian told the Post. “Karen Hinton is a known antagonist of the Governor’s who is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago. All women have the right to come forward and tell their story — however, it’s also the responsibility of the press to consider self-motivation. This is reckless.”
Hinton responded to the Post stating “attacking the accuser is the classic playbook of powerful men trying to protect themselves.”
Hinton added that the sexual comments Cuomo made to women that Cuomo later offered a fake I’m sorry if it offended you- apology for were about establishing a power dynamic.
“I really thought the flirt wasn’t about having sex,” Hinton added. “It was about controlling the relationship.”
Cousins’ warning to Cuomo puts Cuomo and the entire Democrat Party on the line in this scandal.
The top Democrat in the state Senate established a clear benchmark for Cuomo to step down from office.
And after these latest allegations Cousins stated that Cuomo needed to resign.
But a defiant Cuomo declared he would never step down making it clear that the only way he would leave office is if the legislature impeached him.
Cuomo is counting on political inertia where members of a political party are unlikely to take action against their leader and the fact that the longer Cuomo holds out the greater the likelihood that the legislature will lose interest and move on to other matters to allow him to stay in office.
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