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Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a new political ad on Monday suggesting he was the victim of political attacks over the sexual misconduct allegations that forced him out of office.
“The political attacks have won and New Yorkers have lost a proven leader,” according to the 30-second ad broadcast by Friends of Andrew Cuomo, a political action committee for the disgraced governor.
Cuomo’s campaign account, which remains active, spent $369,000 to run the ad across New York, according to ad tracking firm AdImpact, as first reported by The New York Times.
Rich Azzopardi, adviser to Cuomo and founder of Bulldog Strategies, claimed the announcement was intended to inform the public that “five separate district attorneys have rejected the findings of the bogus AG report,” according to local WGRZ.
The announcement fails to mention that while state district attorneys declined to bring criminal charges against the former governor, they also noted that they found the allegations of the alleged victims to be credible, but that they had felt they were unable to present evidence to a jury that would prove guilt. beyond any reasonable doubt.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., described Cuomo’s announcement as “desperately disturbed.”
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“New Yorkers don’t want an apology tour from a corrupt felon. Andrew Cuomo should be behind bars, not on our TV screens,” she said.
Delaney Kempner, spokesman for Attorney General James, excoriated the former governor and his announcement, according to The New York Times.
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“The one thing Andrew Cuomo has proven to be a serial sexual harasser and a threat to women in the workplace – no amount of TV commercials can change that,” she said. “It is shameful that after multiple investigations found Cuomo’s victims to be credible, he continues to attack their accounts rather than take responsibility for his own actions.”