Yep, you read that right. It was the “gotcha” moment personified!
Earlier this week, New York AG and Gubernatorial Candidate (probably next Governor) Andrew Cuomo filed a lawsuit against the Shady Lane Apartments in Glenville, NY and it’s rental agent, Ms. Deana Tope. In the lawsuit, Cuomo alleges that Tope, on behalf of her employer, showed racial bias in her rental application procedures as well as those with children.
Monday night, Shady Lane Owner William J. Socha, Tope and 200 of the residents from the apartment complex she acts as a rental agent for held a press conference to answer the lawsuit.
Tope needed few words to defend the racism charge, she merely had to introduce her family to the media. Her family would consists of her lifelong boyfriend, Jerome and here 5 children ranging in ages from 6 to 16. You see, Jerome is black. Their children are bi-racial.
Fighting back tears while speaking at the press conference Tope told of times when she herself had been discriminated against and the discrimination that her boyfriend and children face.
The suit is, of course, ludicrous. Cuomo has made a complete fool out of himself on this one.
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when he got this news. Better yet, I would have loved to have been there for the damage control meeting with his campaign staff.
I wonder what he does for an encore?