Monday, March 1st, 2021
Cuomo feels misunderstood
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was considered an alternative to Donald Trump. With professionalism and empathy, he led the state through the first months of the pandemic. Ex-employees are now making serious allegations against the hopefuls of the Democratic Party.
Following new allegations of sexual harassment, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has apologized for possible “misinterpretations” of his behavior. “I acknowledge that some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as undesirable flirtations. As far as anyone has felt that way, I’m genuinely sorry,” said Cuomo. The prominent Democrat also emphasized: “I have never touched anyone inappropriately.” Nor did he make immoral advances to anyone. The citizens of New York deserved an independent investigation of the allegations.
Cuomo’s office had previously announced an investigation. New York Attorney General Letitia James and Chief Justice of the State Court of Appeals, Janet DiFiore, have been asked to appoint a politically independent lawyer, Cuomo adviser Beth Garvey said. This lawyer should publish a report after a thorough review. “All staff in the governor’s office will cooperate fully.”
Cuomo came under additional pressure after the new harassment allegations became known. A former health advisor in Cuomo’s government accused the now 63-year-old of not touching her last spring, but of verbally harassing her. “I understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me and felt terribly uncomfortable and afraid,” said 25-year-old ex-employee Charlotte Bennett of the New York Times.
White House takes allegations seriously
A few days ago, a former economic advisor had accused the governor of having sexually molested her. Lindsey Boylan accused Cuomo of kissing her on the lips without asking in his Manhattan office in 2018. The 36-year-old wrote on the online platform Medium: “Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration in which sexual harassment and harassment are so ubiquitous that it is not only tolerated but expected.” Cuomo silenced his critics through intimidation.
Bennett and Boylan have left their jobs in the Cuomo government. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the two women’s allegations “serious”. She told CNN on Sunday that the Democratic US President Joe Biden supported a quick and independent investigation. Cuomo has been a beacon of hope for many Americans since the beginning of the corona pandemic in New York almost a year ago. The democrat promised to align his policy with scientific necessities. He presented himself as an alternative to the then Republican US President Donald Trump. Cuomo’s crisis management earned him a lot of praise, including from the renowned US immunologist Anthony Fauci. In fact, New York got the corona situation somewhat under control after a real explosion in the number of infections in spring 2020.
Cuomo recently came under pressure because of high death rates in nursing homes. The number of deaths in homes in New York was recently revised upwards sharply – from 8,500 to more than 15,000. Several media outlets – including the New York Times – reported that state MPs suspect that Cuomo is concealing the dimensions. As a consequence, they planned to restrict his powers to directly issue emergency measures.
Government action regarding nursing homes is now being investigated by the Federal FBI and investigators in New York State. According to a survey, the approval ratings for Cuomo have fallen significantly. The Marist Institute announced a few days ago that 49 percent of New Yorkers said the governor did a good job – last July it was 66 percent.