New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign after a sixth woman has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations.
The latest claim involves a female aide whose description of events – through a source with direct knowledge – could land in the category of assault.
The Albany Times Union reports that Cuomo “aggressively groped” the woman “in a sexually charged manner” after he had summoned her to the Executive Mansion late last year.
“They were alone in Cuomo’s private residence on the second floor when he closed the door and allegedly reached under her blouse and began to fondle her,” a source tells the newspaper.
The Democrat governor described the new allegations as “gut-wrenching” but insisted again, “I have never done anything like this.”
— Newsmax (@newsmax) March 11, 2021
De Blasio Calls Allegations Against Cuomo Troubling And Disgusting
Cuomo up until this point has denied all of the sexual harassment claims being levied against him, asserting he simply felt he was “being playful” and that he was “joking,” something even de Blasio (D) wasn’t buying.
“Sexual harassment is not funny,” he fumed. “Who the hell tries to explain that by saying I was just joking around?”
The sixth woman’s claims have really angered de Blasio, referring to them as “troubling” and “disgusting.”
De Blasio called on Cuomo to resign.
“It is disgusting to me. And he can no longer serve as governor. It’s as simple as that,” he said.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio blasts Gov. Andrew Cuomo then calls for him to resign.
Getcha popcorn ready. pic.twitter.com/OLLUvvVQfZ
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) March 11, 2021
Cuomo Won’t Resign
Governor Cuomo has thus far remained defiant, refusing to resign even as alleged victim after alleged victim comes forward to tell their story.
In fact, he reportedly dared one prominent Democrat lawmaker to impeach him if they want him to leave the office.
“We need to govern without daily distractions. For the good of the state, Governor Cuomo must resign,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins – a Democrat – said in a statement.
Cuomo, according to the Associated Press, engaged in a phone conversation with Stewart-Cousins in which he practically dared her to impeach him.
“In a brief phone conversation Sunday prior to the press conference,” they write, “Cuomo told Stewart-Cousins he wouldn’t quit and they would have to impeach him if they wanted him out of office.”
JUST IN – NY Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins calls on Gov. Cuomo to resign. pic.twitter.com/h2SkDz5HiR
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) March 7, 2021
And that was before the sixth woman had her claims reported.
“The latest report, and the fact that we can talk about how many people are bringing forward accusations, that it’s not one, it’s not two, it’s not three, it’s not four, it’s not five, it’s six women who have come forward, it’s deeply troubling,” de Blasio said.
Added the mayor, “The specific allegation that the governor called an employee of his – someone he had power over – called them to a private place and then sexually assaulted her is absolutely unacceptable.”
Fox News reports “85 members of the state legislature have called for Cuomo’s resignation or impeachment.”
.@Shelley4Senate, an influential suburban Democrat, calls on Cuomo to resign:
“Yesterday’s allegation of groping was, frankly, for me, the last straw…I do not see how the State of New York can be led during this crisis by this Governor.” pic.twitter.com/SWDCW5KHhw
— Joseph Spector (@GannettAlbany) March 11, 2021
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has blasted the former media darling as the “worst governor in America” and called for him to step down.
More importantly, she provides an important reminder that the sexual harassment allegations are one of many concurrent scandals Cuomo is currently facing.
“Governor Cuomo has been enveloped by multiple scandals,” Stefanik said in an interview with Fox News. “First, you have the nursing home scandal and the cover-up, which I believe is criminal. It’s a crime, a federal crime, and an obstruction of justice.”
“We now know that it’s over 15,000 vulnerable seniors who died because of Governor Cuomo’s nursing home edict forcing positive covid patients into nursing homes,” she added.
Secretary to the Governor, Melissa DeRosa, admitted in a conference call that the administration hid information on COVID nursing home deaths from federal investigators.
But it may be the salacious harassment allegations that actually bring him down.
“He just can’t serve as governor anymore,” de Blasio said Thursday.
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