Embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday issued an apology to the women accusing him of sexual harassment. The apology comes after three women came forward with allegations that the governor had behaved inappropriately with them. Two of the accusers worked under Cuomo and the third previously worked for the Obama and Biden presidential campaigns, according to the New York Times.
The governor held a press conference in which he discussed his administration’s efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. He updated reporters on the levels of coronavirus-related deaths occurring in the state and the measures they are putting in place to decrease the spread of the virus. After discussing the pandemic, he pivoted to the sexual harassment allegations.
“I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this. First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward, and I think it should be encouraged in every way,” he began. “I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional, and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it and frankly, I am embarrassed by it. And that’s not easy to say, but that’s the truth.”
Cuomo continued, stating that he “never touched anyone inappropriately” and that he did not know he “was making anyone feel uncomfortable.”
The governor said that he will comply with the state attorney general’s investigation into the matter and urged New Yorkers to “await the facts from the investigation before forming an opinion.”
He ended by saying: “I’ve learned an important lesson. I’m sorry, I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone. I never intended it. And I will be the better for this experience,” before taking questions.
The governor told one reporter that he does not intend to resign, but reiterated that he would fully comply with the investigation.
Cuomo has been in hot water since it was revealed that his administration covered up thousands of COVID-19 deaths related to his decision to compel nursing homes to accept people who had been infected with the virus. However, the sexual harassment allegations seem to have eclipsed that particular story. Go figure.
The governor’s apology also comes amid calls for him to resign. While plenty of leftists have defended him, several Democratic officials have urged him to step down while others pushed for a comprehensive investigation. Even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have turned on Cuomo.
It is unlikely that Cuomo’s apology will be accepted. The activist media and the Democrats seem to have almost fully turned on the governor whom they elevated with showers of praise throughout 2020 for his pugilistic approach to former President Donald Trump and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. (See: Has Gov. Cuomo Outlived His Usefulness To The Left?) The governor stated that he has no intention of resigning, but it seems that his scandals could be the end of his political career when the next election season rolls around.