New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the hot seat again (or still?). Just days after one aide accused him of sexually harassing her, a second aide has come forward with similar allegations.
- 25-year-old former health policy advisor Charlotte Bennett alleges Cuomo probed her with inappropriate questions about her personal life and sexual behaviors.
- The accusations of sexual harassment after recent stories of intimidation and threats, as fellow democrats lifted the veil to show a side of Cuomo many intentionally ignored for years, including a 2012 episode in which a Cuomo aide threatened the career of a federal EPA official.
- Politicians from both parties have condemned Cuomo and are calling for an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations.
- Cuomo, who is denying the allegations, has suggested an independent investigation into the allegations.
- In 2013, Cuomo created an ethics commission to investigate corruption and campaign finance violations. Cuomo then shuttered the commission just nine months later.
- The New York Times, which broke the story of a second allegation, details the several encounters and private meetings in which Bennett alleges Cuomo made it very clear he was interested in pursuing a relationship.
- While one Huffington Post contributor said “GOP critics” were “gleefully calling for a probe”, another is pointedly criticizing Cuomo, saying the harassment allegation was a long time coming and “a crisis of his own making.”
- NBC News reported a complication in the story in which Bennett said she was transferred to another office after reporting the harassment, while Cuomo aides say she requested a transfer and did not mention harassment in an exit interview.
- The New York Post reported on Cuomo’s interesting and contentious love life, including the strains of his first marriage and comments he’s made about dating during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Wall Street Journal reported the efforts by New York lawmakers in both parties “rejecting” the notion of Cuomo appointing his own investigator, calling for the state Attorney General Letitia James to conduct an investigation.
- Before the second allegation was published, RedState detailed the Twitter “dropkick” CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, Andrew Cuomo’s brother, got in asking what stories “on the left” should CNN cover as an analogue to the network’s breathless coverage of the Conservative Political Action Conference.
- After the New York Times published the second account of alleged harassment, RedState called the story a “political assassination”, picking apart the report and detailing how bad things appear to be for Gov. Cuomo.
© Dallas Gerber, 2021