Posted 38 days ago
One of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s harshest critics blasted the governor again Sunday, implying he was a hypocrite for refusing to resign after facing more accusations of sexual harassment that brought Cuomo’s list of accusers to at least five women.
Republican U. S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis noted in a Twitter post that Cuomo referred to calls for his departure "anti-democratic," despite having called for other New York officials to step down following their own alleged transgressions.
The sexual harassment scandals Malliotakis cited in her tweet involved the following officials: Vito Lopez, who resigned from the New York state Assembly in 2013; Dennis Gabryszak, who resigned from the state Assembly in January 2014; and Micah Kellner, a New York state Assembly member and onetime aide to U. S. Sen. Chuck Schumer who declined to seek reelection in 2014 after allegations against him.
In 2018, Cuomo also called for then-New York Attornery General Eric Schneiderman to resign after Schneiderman faced sexual harassment allegations that were detailed in a New Yorker magazine article.
Last week the head of a state-government watchdog group also called out Cuomo for not leaving office despite demanding that others do so.
"Shouldn’t the governor, the most powerful official in New York, be held to at least the same ethical standard as an Assembly member?" John Kaehny, executive director of Reinvent Albany (New York’s capital city), told the New York Post.
"Not so long ago, Governor Cuomo demanded that two Assembly members ‘immediately deny’ allegation of sexual harassment or resign," Kaehny added. "Powerful words. Does the governor hold himself to the same standard?"
"Shouldn’t the governor, the most powerful official in New York, be held to at least the same ethical standard as an Assembly member?"
"I was elected by the people of the state," Cuomo said, responding in a conference call with reporters to the newest allegations against him. "I'm not going to resign because of allegations. There is no way I resign."
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