New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has even more explaining to do after one of his two ongoing scandals went to a whole new level over the weekend as two additional women leveled sexual harassment accusations against him.
According to the Washington Examiner, even with the added heat of more accusers, Cuomo just announced on Sunday that “there’s no way I resign,” adding that until the “facts” come out of the ongoing investigation into the claims, he deserves “due process” like anyone else.
What’s the latest?
As many in the media predicted, more women came out against the embattled New York governor on Saturday. Two women, both of whom previously worked under Cuomo, accused him of sexual harassment in the workplace within hours of each other in bombshell reports.
Former press staffer Karen Hinton and former policy adviser Ana Liss revealed several instances when they, too, felt like the governor had taken things too far in private moments.
Hinton, who claimed that Cuomo sexually harassed her in 2000 before he was governor and while he headed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that Cuomo ordered her to his hotel room one night and eventually pulled her toward him, even though she attempted to push him away.
In Liss’ recounting of events that she claims felt like sexual harassment, Cuomo allegedly kissed her hand, asked her if she had a boyfriend and referred to her as “sweetheart.” That all allegedly took place between 2013 and 2015.
The two new stories seemingly fall in line with the accusations made by other former staffers, all of them suggesting that they were extremely uncomfortable when Cuomo would allegedly try to make various levels of advances.
Cuomo is now facing unprecedented levels of criticism given that a total of five women — and counting — have come out against him. But on the surface, it doesn’t appear to have phased him, as he insisted on Sunday that a resignation is not even remotely in the cards.
“People are free to make allegations, but then you also have a process — due process — where people get the facts, and they make a determination,” Cuomo said. “I was the Attorney General of New York for four years. I got all sorts of allegations against politicians.”
According to Fox News, Cuomo signaled that he has more important issues at hand, like working on a budget for the state of New York, suggesting that he’ll wait to make any decisions until New York Attorney General Letitia James reveals the findings of her investigation into the matter.
“In the meantime I’m not going to get distracted by this,” Cuomo said. “What is determinative is what the attorney general finds.”
Only time will tell if the pressure becomes too overwhelming and the governor decides to throw in the towel, but given his narcissistic tendencies, don’t be surprised if he hangs in there until the bitter end.