Various excessive profile feminine Democrats have up to now refused to touch upon allegations towards Andrew Cuomo – regardless of vilifying conservatives accused of sexual harassment all through the MeToo period.
They as a substitute remained silent on the problem as of Sunday morning. That’s after a second former aide got here ahead Saturday with additional allegations towards the embattled New York governor.
Charlotte Bennett, 25, a well being coverage adviser within the Democratic governor’s administration till November, instructed The New York Times Cuomo requested her inappropriate questions on her intercourse life, together with whether or not she ever had intercourse with older males.
Another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, 36, a former deputy secretary for financial improvement and particular adviser to the governor, had already accused Cuomo, 63, of subjecting her to an undesirable kiss and inappropriate feedback.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the White House and representatives of Clinton, Pelosi and Warren for remark.
In his assertion Saturday, Cuomo described Bennett as a ‘hardworking and valued member of the crew throughout COVID’ who he had tried to ‘mentor’
Vice President Kamala Harris, left, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, proper, and Senator Elizabeth Warren have all not but launched statements concerning the claims
Cuomo responded to Bennett’s claims with a press release Saturday saying he by no means made advances towards her and by no means meant to be inappropriate. He had beforehand denied Boylan’s allegations.
He did, nonetheless, say he had approved an outdoor evaluation of Bennett’s allegations.
The governor’s particular counsel, Beth Garvey, stated that evaluation can be carried out by a former federal decide, Barbara Jones.
‘I ask all New Yorkers to await the findings of the evaluation in order that they know the info earlier than making any judgements,’ Cuomo stated. ‘I’ll don’t have any additional remark till the evaluation has concluded.’
Vice President Harris has beforehand stated she believed girls who accused Joe Biden of inappropriate touching through the 2020 Democratic presidential major marketing campaign.
She stated in April 2019: ‘I consider them, and I respect them having the ability to inform their story and having the braveness to do it.’
Harris additionally referred to as for Kavanaugh’s impeachment in September 2019 after Christine Blasey Ford had accused of the then Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault once they had been excessive schoolers. Kavanaugh denied the accusation.
She tweeted: ‘Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most significantly to the American folks. He was placed on the Court by means of a sham course of and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of fact and justice. He should be impeached.’
White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated Thursday ‘any allegation ought to be reviewed.’
Pelosi stated in 2018: ‘I consider Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.’ She stated in Apirl final 12 months she is a ‘massive, robust supporter of the #MeToo motion’
Warren tweeted: ‘Christine Blasey Ford is courageous, deserves to be heard, and handled with respect as she raises new questions on Brett Kavanaugh’
House speaker Pelosi stated in 2018: ‘I consider Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.’ She stated in April final 12 months she is a ‘massive, robust supporter of the #MeToo motion’.
And in 2017 Pelosi stated of the MeToo motion: ‘Harvey [Weinstein] did not evoke this. The election of President Trump evoked what occurred to Harvey and now everyone is served discover.’
After his affirmation to the Supreme Court she issued a press release which learn: ‘Today is a profoundly heart-breaking day for girls, ladies and households throughout America.
‘Courageous girls risked their security and well-being to talk fact about this nomination. Tens of hundreds extra joined them to share their very own harrowing tales of sexual assault, at nice private danger.
‘Yet, Senate Republicans selected to ship a transparent message to all girls: don’t converse out, and in case you do – don’t count on to be heard, believed or revered.’
Warren tweeted: ‘Christine Blasey Ford is courageous, deserves to be heard, and handled with respect as she raises new questions on Brett Kavanaugh.’
Clinton stated of Ford: ‘I discovered her very credible. You need to ask your self, why would anyone put themselves by means of this if they didn’t consider that they’d essential data to convey to the Senate?
‘I felt a terrific swell of delight that she can be keen to place herself on the market beneath these circumstances.’
Charlotte Bennett, 25, who served in numerous roles for Cuomo – together with government assistant and well being coverage advisor – stated the governor made numerous regarding feedback to her final spring through the peak of the pandemic within the state. She is the second former aide to accuse the governor of sexual harassment
Boylan had already alleged in tweets in December final 12 months that Cuomo ‘abused his energy’ and sexually harassed her for years
Cuomo responded to Bennett’s claims with a press release Saturday saying he by no means made advances towards her and by no means meant to be inappropriate. He had beforehand denied Boylan’s allegations. Boylan is pictured with Harris
Mainstream TV networks ABC, NBC and CBS additionally didn’t report on Boylan’s allegations of their information bulletins Wednesday evening.
And Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand gave a considerably delicate reply.
‘I’ve not learn her allegations or her posts or Medium posts. But as I stated, everybody has a proper to have the ability to come ahead, converse their fact and be heard. And that is true for her and it is also true for Governor Cuomo,’ Gillibrand stated Thursday.
In the previous, Gillibrand has appeared much more reluctant to let Republicans accused of sexual assault ‘converse their fact’.
The Democrat senator demanded President Trump ‘resign’ after he was accused of sexual assault.
In 2018, she referred to as allegations of sexual assault towards Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ‘disqualifying’.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney stated: ‘All survivors of harassment and assault need to be heard and…have their case completely investigated.’
Following Ford’s allegations towards Brett Kavanaugh she tweeted: ‘#BelieveWomen’
AOC on Friday referred to as on the state legislature to research the ‘terribly critical’ allegations, including that survivors ‘need to be heard.’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday referred to as on the state legislature to research the ‘terribly critical’ allegations, including that survivors ‘need to be heard.’
She stated the ‘course of for listening to this allegation falls squarely within the state legislature.’
She tweeted Sunday: ‘Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett’s detailed accounts of sexual harassment by Gov. Cuomo are extraordinarily critical and painful to learn.
‘There should be an impartial investigation – not one led by a person chosen by the Governor, however by the workplace of the Attorney General.’
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio instructed reporters during a press conference Thursday that Boylan’s allegations ought to be examined extra completely.
He spoke earlier than the same allegations made by Bennett.
‘These allegations are actually disturbing. Let’s be clear about that, they’re actually disturbing. We need to, as New Yorkers, we bought to take this significantly. When a girl comes ahead with this type of very particular allegations, they need to be taken significantly,’ de Blasio said.
‘We want a full and impartial investigation, I need to emphasize the phrase ‘impartial,’ investigation by some particular person or entity that isn’t compromised, is just not dominated by the governor’s workplace, however an impartial investigation,’ he continued.
‘This form of habits, if it is true, is unacceptable in any public servant, in anyone. So we have got to get the reality about this.’
A spokesperson for Chuck Schumer stated: ‘He has stated many occasions that sexual harassment isn’t acceptable and should not be tolerated, and that any credible allegation ought to be completely investigated.’
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) smile after signing the Red Flag invoice, also referred to as the Extreme Risk Protection Order invoice, in New York, U.S., February 25, 2019
Hillary Clinton & Governor Andrew Cuomo on stage at rally on reproductive well being act at Barnard College in 2007
Actress and activist Rose McGown has additionally spoken out in protection of Boylan and, like de Blasio, she is demanding an impartial investigation.
‘I utterly stand by Lindsey Boylan. Its fact leaks from each phrase on the display that she wrote. She, none of us, ought to endure what she endured,’ McGowan instructed Fox News.
‘If they’re doing it to her, what are they doing to constituents? What is he going to do to what he considers the little folks? It’s monstrous.’
She continued: ‘I wish to see an trustworthy investigation. I would really like that place of energy to be stuffed by anyone who is just not harmful and a bully and intimidating and threatening as a result of that is what sexual harassment is. It’s energy abuse. It’s making an attempt to make the little individual really feel small.’
The accusation comes as Cuomo is beneath growing strain over his dealing with of COVID-19 deaths within the state’s nursing properties. He signed a March order that allowed nursing properties to just accept COVID-19 sufferers again to their amenities.
Earlier this month, Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s secretary, unleashed a political firestorm when she admitted to state Democrats that the administration had intentionally hid information on the variety of COVID-19 deaths in nursing properties.
At least 15,000 folks residing in long-term care amenities have died of COVID-19, almost double the quantity Cuomo had initially disclosed. Cuomo says his workplace was at all times trustworthy concerning the figures however that it got here all the way down to variations in categorization.
Days after DeRosa’s revelation, NY Democrat Assemblyman Ron Kim claimed that the Governor made threats as a part of an effort to get him to ‘cowl up’ for DeRosa’s admission.
‘The Governor referred to as for about ten minutes, it appeared like one hour,’ Kim instructed CNN final week.
He accused Cuomo of ‘berating’ him so as to strain him ‘to concern a press release that invalidated what I heard. He requested me to mislead cowl up for his workers.’
Kim stated the cellphone name left his household traumatized.
Kim has now come out in assist of Boylan, who tweeted after she went public together with her sexual assault allegations.
‘Cuomo is a coward who has abused his powers. His sample of abuse and harassment towards his aides, journalists, lawmakers, and critiques is despicable. As a lawmaker, I’ve the obligation to carry him accountable. I can’t stand down. I’ll stand with Lindsey Boylan,’ Kim wrote.