Gov. Andrew Cuomo Hit With More Calls To Resign After New Sexual Harassment Allegations

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How long will New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo be able to resist the numerous calls for his resignation that have been made amid the growing number of sexual harassment allegations? At this point, it appears he is close to holding on for dear life now that another prominent New York Democrat is insisting that he step down.

RedState’s Nick Arama reported that the Governor stated he refused to resign amid the allegations and noted Democratic Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins was still holding out on calling for his resignation.

“Democratic Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins who said prior to the weekend that if one more woman came forward, Cuomo should quit, has been silent since the 4th and the 5th woman came forward last night,” she wrote.

Well, more women came forward since she made that remark, and now she is actually following through. On Sunday, Stewart-Cousins posted a statement on Twitter calling for the Governor’s resignation.

“Everyday [sic] there is another account that is drawing away from the business of government,” she insisted. “We have allegations about sexual harassment, a toxic work environment, the loss of credibility surrounding the Covid-19 nursing home data and questions about the construction of a major infrastructure project.”

Stewart-Cousins added: “New York is still in the midst of this pandemic and is still facing the societal, health and economic impacts of it. We need to govern without daily distraction. For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign.”

Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie also urged Cuomo to step down. In a written statement, he said:

The allegations pertaining to the Governor that have been reported in recent weeks have been deeply disturbing, and have no place whatsoever in government, the workplace or anywhere else. I too share the sentiment of Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins regarding the Governor’s ability to continue to lead this state. We have many challenges to address, and I think it is time for the Governor to seriously consider whether he can effectively meet the needs of the people of New York.

Over the past few days, two more former female aides of the Governor came forward alleging he acted inappropriately with them. Karen Hinton, who served as his press aide, told The Washington Post he summoned her to his hotel room and gave her an embrace she said was “very long, too long, too tight, too intimate.”

“I thought at that moment it could lead to a kiss, it could lead to other things, so I just pull away again, and I leave,” she recounted.

So far, Cuomo has insisted that he “never inappropriately touched anybody,” and stated he will not resign.

“I’m not going to resign because of allegations,” he said on a press call. “The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually anti-democratic,” he argued. “The system is based on due process.”

There you have it. Even though more women have come forward to tell their stories, he seems to believe he can remain in office. At this point, it seems that 20 more women could go public with sexual harassment allegations, and he would still claim he should remain in his position.

However, there are indications that the choice may not be up to him in the end. The New York Post reported, “Republicans in the state Assembly have drafted a resolution to start impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of mounting allegations that he sexually harassed and otherwise behaved inappropriately with female aides, a spokesman said Monday.”

Indeed, Cuomo defiantly said that “lawmakers would have to impeach him if they want him out of office,” according to The Post. It appears that at least some members of the state’s legislature are willing to answer his challenge.

But can those who want Cuomo out of office succeed? It’s not easy to tell at this point. But either way, it is evident that the Governor’s political career is on its last legs.