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A whole new dimension of Andrew Cuomo’s shame

Andrew Cuomo’s fall from the sanctity of the media has entered the stage of sexual harassment. For the past few weeks there has been a new accuser or accusation every few days. Let’s review the six prosecutors: First, Cuomo’s former aide, Lindsey Boylan, accused the governor of “pervasive molestation” of women, both in touching them – including kissing them on the lips without warning – and making sexual comments. Second, Charlotte Bennett, an executive assistant and health policy advisor in the Cuomo administration, said Cuomo asked her numerous questions about her personal life, including whether age makes a difference in romantic relationships, and he was open-minded instead relationships with women in their twenties – comments that she interpreted as clear overtures to a sexual relationship. “Three: Anna Ruch had never met Cuomo when she met him at a wedding reception, and the governor put his hand on Ms. Ruch’s bare lower back. . . . When she removed his hand with her own, Ms. Ruch remembered, the governor noticed that she looked ‘aggressive’ and put his hands on her cheeks and asked if he could kiss her. Fourth, Ana Liss, Cuomo’s policy and operations advisor from 2013 to 2015, told the Wall Street Journal that Cuomo had regularly interviewed her and other female employees about their dating lives, touched them and commented on their physical appearance. She described an event where he “hugged her, kissed her on both cheeks, then wrapped his arm around her lower back and grabbed her waist.” Fifth, Karen Hinton, who served as Cuomo’s press secretary for Housing and Urban Development in 2000, said he called her into his dimly lit hotel room and hugged her after a work meeting. . . . She says she pulled back from Cuomo, but he pulled her back to his body and held her before she pulled back and left the room. “Six: An unidentified member of the governor’s executive chamber told her superiors that she had been called to the mansion to assist the governor on a work-related matter and that Cuomo had groped her, according to the Albany Times Union. Needless to say, if the rules the Democrats were applying to Brett Kavanaugh were still in effect, Cuomo would have disappeared yesterday – a mere accusation, if vaguely plausible, and sometimes not even that to sink someone. With no apparent coordination, some of them describing his own former aides rather than political enemies, his accusers describe a consistent pattern of behavior that does not require wild leaps of faith to be believed. In addition, in the case of Anna Ruch, we have a recent photo of the behavior – and Ruch’s facial expression makes it clear that she doesn’t greet Cuomo’s hands on either side of her face. Andrew Cuomo is an impulsive, spirited, sometimes angry, often bullying egomaniac who is prone to spectacular flaws in self-esteem, and it is noteworthy that no one who knows the governor exclaims, “Talk to female subordinates about their sex lives and put them under pressure set for a relationship? That just doesn’t sound like the Andrew Cuomo I know! “Some of Cuomo’s refusals have been carefully worded, or he claims that his attempts to joke friendly jokes or, incredibly enough, mentoring have been misunderstood. By his own standards, he should be gone yesterday too – he was dying to stand in front of the “Me Too” parade when it was politically favorable, and he even changed New York law to lower the standard for harassment in a way who might come back to bite him now. Anyone charged with a crime or improper conduct is entitled to due process and the allegations against the governor should indeed be investigated by an independent third party. (A truly independent third-party investigator who was not appointed by the governor’s office as originally suggested.) Attorney General Letitia James has now hired two respected attorneys to conduct this investigation – a former federal attorney who serves as U.S. attorney The Manhattan attorney oversaw some of the Justice Department’s earlier investigation into the Cuomo government, which resulted in some high-ranking officials convicted of corruption charges (although the governor himself was not charged). and a labor law professional with extensive experience representing plaintiffs in sexual harassment cases. In addition, the complainant’s sixth allegation has now been referred to the Albany Police Department for a possible criminal investigation, although it is unclear whether the unidentified former employee will attempt to bring charges. Nobody needs to wait for an investigation to end, however, to conclude that Cuomo was catastrophically ill-treating the COVID crisis, tried to cover up his failure, lied about when and why he covered it up, and on top of that, probably can anything . ‘You can’t trust yourself in a room with younger government employees. That he may remain governor of New York, and is likely better than some of the alternatives – including his awkward left-wing enemy, Mayor Bill de Blasio, calling on him to resign – is a stinging charge against the state he has served poorly.

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