Cuomo brands himself victim of 'cancel culture' as pressure to resign grows

Tanya Simon
March 13, 2021

"As members of the New York delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives", wrote Ocasio-Cortez and Jones in a joint statement, "We believe these women, we believe the reporting, we believe the Attorney General, and we believe the fifty-five members of the New York State legislature, including the State Senate Majority Leader, who have concluded that Governor Cuomo can no longer effectively lead in the face of so many challenges".

The escalating political crisis jeopardizes Cuomo's 2022 reelection in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and threatens to cast a cloud over President Joe Biden's early days in office.

Meanwhile, Cuomo said that it was "reckless" of politicians to ask him to resign before the conclusion of an investigation into the allegations.

New York's attorney general, Letitia James, D, announced on Monday that the her investigation of the sexual assault claims is moving forward, with the appointments of two veteran lawyers to sprearhead the investigation.

The embattled governor has remained defiant by refusing to resign, suggesting such demands are the result of "cancel culture".

Nadler, who has been in Congress since Cuomo was in his 30s, said he took particular issue with the governor's insistence that he did nothing wrong. The governor said that he would not bow down to "cancel culture", in which a person is subjected to ostracization.

Federal investigators are also scrutinizing how the Cuomo administration has handled data about how many nursing home residents have died of COVID-19.

Cuomo on Friday vowed that he'd still be able to govern despite a growing list of NY elected officials who say they've lost faith in his ability to govern.

Jessica Bakeman, a reporter, says she was sexually harassed by Cuomo several times since she first starting covering the Albany statehouse beat in 2012.

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The scandal has spiraled and engulfed the governor since former adviser Lindsey Boylan alleged in an online essay last month that Cuomo kissed her on the lips against her will in 2018 after a meeting in his Manhattan office. "I thought we were going steady", he said with a smile, according to Bakeman.

Cuomo has apologized for his past behaviors, but has dismissed calls for him to resign.

'It's heard for me as a woman to read a lot of these stories and sometimes we wake up and there's a new one, but we believe there there in an independent investigation that's ongoing, led by the attorney general with supeona power and we certainly support that moving forward, ' Psaki added.

Multiple women have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, inappropriate behavior, or touching them without their consent. According to the paper, the woman was summoned to the executive mansion late past year under the guise of a telephone issue and Cuomo then allegedly groped her.

In the newest allegation against Cuomo, the Times Union of Albany reported that the governor had summoned the aide to his Albany mansion, saying he needed help with his cellphone.

The state-level call was preceded by the sixth allegation recently made against the governor, in which an unnamed aid alleged that Cuomo had invited her to the New York State Executive Mansion and groped her previous year.

He again raised questions about the motives of women accusing him of inappropriate behaviour.

The multiple investigations of Governor Cuomo and his administration have become a distraction to governance and Governor Cuomo should step aside while these important investigations are conducted.

The state Assembly allowed an impeachment investigation into Cuomo on Thursday as lawmakers investigate whether there are grounds for his forcible removal from office.

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