New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has kept a low profile – in stark contrast to his popular daily briefings at the start of the coronavirus pandemic – amid mounting pressure to resign after a third woman came forward to allege improper conduct.
Cuomo has been out of sight, but the main Democrats in Washington, DC, were unable to avoid the subject of the governor under fire.
“Every woman who comes forward should be heard, should be treated with dignity and treated with respect,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
On Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a senator from New York, called the allegations serious, but stopped before saying the governor should step down. “The allegations that have been made by Ms. Ruch and Ms. Boylan and Ms. Bennett are serious, very disturbing. These women must be listened to, ”he said.
Senator Kristen Gillibrand, also from New York, called the alleged behavior “totally unacceptable”.
, former assistant secretary for economic development and special adviser to the governor, accused Cuomo of giving him an unwanted kiss and making inappropriate comments. Cuomo’s former health policy adviser said Cuomo asked her about her sex life, especially if she had ever had sex with older men.
The women’s allegations prompted New York Attorney General Letitia James to launch a. James said on Monday that the findings of the investigation would be made public after its completion.
After James announced the investigation,accused the governor of touching her lower back and face and asked if he could kiss her at a wedding reception in 2019.
Boylan and Bennett both tweeted their support for Ruch. “I feel nauseous thinking about Anna’s experience,” Boylan wrote. “Charlotte and I are with you, Anna.
Cuomo has denied sexually harassing anyone, but his denials have gained little attention among members of his own party, some of whom are calling on him to resign. On Monday night, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice became one of New York’s top Democrats to demand Cuomo’s resignation.
The allegations coincide with close scrutiny of Cuomo’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes. Cuomo faces a separate investigation into nursing home deaths during the pandemic.
The state’s Democratic-controlled legislature announced on Tuesday that it would repeal the governor’s temporary emergency powers in response to the inquiry.