Gov. Andrew Cuomo, once again, is not having a great start to his week.
Not only is the list of New York state Democrats who have turned against him in the wake of the brewing sexual harassment scandal, but the issue is now going nationwide, with other top Democrats around the country, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, calling for an investigation into what she believes is a “very serious” matter.
According to the Daily Caller, Whitmer sat down with CNN’s Jake Tapper over the weekend and took several questions about Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal. Tapper played a clip of one of his recent accusers who recently did an interview with CBS in which she detailed what happened to her when she was alone with governor after a work event.
Tapper then asked Whitmer if what she saw Cuomo’s accuser, Charlotte Bennett, say during the interview, “constituted sexual harassment.”
“Well, I think the allegations here are very serious and need to be taken seriously,” Whitmer said in response. “And I do think that an impartial, thorough, independent investigation is merited and appropriate.”
“And if accurate and true, I think we have to take action,” she said after being asked if she believed Cuomo was guilty. “But we also need to make sure that there is that thorough investigation.”
Whitmer was then asked to provide her thoughts on what she thought about Bennett’s account of what she alleges Cuomo did to her during her time as one of his aides.
“I think that there are a lot of American women who have felt how she felt, and I think that that’s something that resonates and why we need to take this seriously and why there needs to be an investigation,” Whitmer said. “And whatever is appropriate in terms of accountability should follow. I think it wouldn’t help anyone for me to prejudge where this is headed.”
Though two additional women — both former staffers — came out against Cuomo over the weekend with similar stories of his alleged inappropriate behavior, the embattled governor on Sunday insisted that he wasn’t considering handing in his resignation — at least not until the investigations by New York Attorney General Letitia James is finalized.
According to The Hill, Cuomo bluntly stated his position.
So no, there is no way I resign,” Cuomo said, after name-dropping several high-profile politicians who have suggested the public wait to issue a verdict until the investigation is completed.
New York state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins — a Democrat — had a completely positive viewpoint, demanding over the weekend that the governor resign immediately.
“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 Gov. Cuomo must resign,” Stewart-Cousins said.
Only time will tell, but it certainly looks like his days could be numbered.
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