Leading members of the United States Democratic Party, including New York Representatives Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Jerry Nadler, have demanded that the state governor, Andrew Cuomo, resign from his post following accusations of sexual harassment presented by six women to over the last few days and from which Cuomo has completely disassociated himself.
The latest accusation has been published by the New York newspaper ‘Times Union’, which has preferred to maintain the anonymity of the alleged victim, who would continue to work for the Cuomo government team, who would have touched him inappropriately during a work meeting that both kept in his official residence at the end of last year.
On his part, Cuomo has assured not to have knowledge of any new accusation against him, but has insisted that he “never” touched anyone “in an inappropriate way” and that no one made him know of his “discomfort” .
State Attorney General Letitia James has appointed an outside team of attorneys to investigate the allegations made against Cuomo, and this past Thursday, the State Assembly Judiciary Committee announced that it would launch an impeachment investigation into allegations of misconduct. conduct that could lead to your removal.
Congresswoman Kathleen Rice was the first House Democrat to call for Cuomo’s resignation. She was joined this Friday by representatives Carolyn Maloney, Yvette Clarke, Adriano Espaillat, Nydia Velázquez, Sean Maloney, Brian Higgins, Mondaire Jones, Antonio Delgado and Grace Meng, as well as Nadler, Bowman and Ocasio-Cortez.
Now, at least eleven of the 19 members representing New York in the lower house of the United States Congress, both veterans, such as Nadler, and members of the new progressive wedge, such as Ocasio-Cortez herself, have shown supporters of the investigation facing Cuomo in the state legislature.
“As members of the New York delegation in the House of Representatives, we believe those women, we believe the information, we believe the attorney general, and we believe the 55 members of the new New York legislature, who have concluded that Governor Cuomo no longer he can effectively lead the state in the face of so many obstacles, “Ocasio-Cortez said in a joint statement with her colleague, Jamaal Bowman.
Nader has also declared his endorsement of the women who have accused Cuomo. “The repeated allegations made by the governor, and the way in which he has responded, make it impossible for him to continue governing at this time,” she said in a statement collected by The Hill.
The state’s two Democratic senators, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, have called for an independent investigation into the allegations against the Democratic governor. Schumer called the latest allegations “nauseating,” but neither he nor Gillibrand have gone so far as to seek his resignation.