Governor Andrew Cuomo once again dominated this week’s news cycle as a new sexual assault allegation has now brought on a wave of bipartisan calls for resignation.
Let’s take a look at the past week’s timeline.
- Attorney General Letitia James picked two ‘independent’ lawyers, Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark, to join her on a sexual harassment investigation into the Governor. Joon H. Kim was a former New York Southern District Attorney, while Anne L. Clark is an employment discrimination attorney.
- Cuomo’s 6th accuser came forward with the most serious allegations to date. The Times Union reported the former aide alleged that Cuomo “reached under her blouse and began to fondle” her at his executive mansion in Albany.
- Her name and identity are kept anonymous by The Times Union.
- More than 55 NY State legislators issued a statement calling for Gov. Cuomo’s resignation after the latest allegations. “It is time for Gov. Cuomo to resign,” the statement reads.
- Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) announced at the Democrat Assembly conference the authorization of an impeachment investigation on Cuomo’s misconduct.
Today, 13 out of 19 House Democrats from New York, including AOC and Jerry Nadler, as well as all five of Long Island’s state senators, also joined the call for resignation.
- AOC and Jamaal Bowman wrote a joint statement: “We believe these women, we believe the reporting, we believe the Attorney General, and we believe the 55 members of the New York State legislature, including the State Senate Majority Leader, who have concluded that Governor Cuomo can no longer effectively lead in the face of so many challenges.”
- Rep. Jerry Nadler also released a statement that says: “The repeated accusations against the Governor, and the manner in which he has responded to them, have made it impossible for him to continue to govern at this point.”
- “Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of the people of New York. Governor Cuomo must resign.”
- Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has also now come out in support of Cuomo resigning.
Cuomo’s Response: “I am not going to resign.”
- Gov. Cuomo responded today in a teleconference, saying: “I did not do what has been alleged, period.”
- “People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth”