“So therefore since I’m not guilty of doing anything wrong, whatsoever I’m quitting my job. Peace out. I’ll not be making any further statements because my lawyers say I can’t talk. So I won’t say anything. Until later tonight.” #CuomoGate #CuomoResignation
— Sophisticated Phil 😊 (@PhilHollowayEsq) August 10, 2021
Given that sexual harassment charges are a known method of pressuring politicians to resign, one has to wonder what the real truth of the matter at hand is, but the bottom line is that the state of New York will no longer have a Cuomo at the helm.
The decision came a little more than a year after Cuomo emerged as the face of supposedly rational Democratic decision-making amid ex-President Donald Trump’s bungling response to the COVID-19 pandemic—and just one week after State Attorney General Letitia James released a devastating report that found the governor had subjected 11 women to unwanted comments and touching.
The report came months after an initial cascade of allegations and images from women about the powerful three-term Democrat’s abusive, demeaning, and sexist behavior, including—most seriously—a then-anonymous accusation that he groped an executive assistant in the governor’s mansion in Albany. Many of the state’s most powerful elected officials urged him to resign, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Yet Cuomo surprised many national observers, though few in New York, by attempting to ride out the crisis, claiming to be a victim of “cancel culture” and urging lawmakers to await the outcome of the attorney general’s investigation.
For a short time, the scandal receded. But then James’ report dropped. It not only substantiated the women’s accounts but revealed fresh information, including that the governor had suggestively touched and taunted a state trooper he had moved to his personal security detail. The attorney general concluded that the governor had harassed a total of 11 women and had violated workplace conduct statutes he had personally signed into law. State legislators scrambled into impeachment proceedings, even as Cuomo simultaneously denied and defended his behavior.
Why these allegations which were apparently known for some time were held until THIS time in this year is a question not yet answered.
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