New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is fighting to maintain his political power. But after a former executive assistant filed a criminal complaint against the disgraced New York governor, it seems he’s on the losing side. With calls for Cuomo to step down from office, many people are wondering if he will continue the fight Or if he will resign before impeachment becomes imminent.
According to reports, the woman only identified as “Executive Assistant #1” has filed a criminal complaint against Andrew Cuomo alleging the three-term Democratic governor of multiple instances of sexual harassment. The complaint was filed on Thursday with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office. Though Cuomo has not yet been charged with any crimes, the report lit a fire under Cuomo’s legal team.
Attorney’s representing Andrew Cuomo held a press conference Friday regarding the investigation that found Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women. One of the incidents in question, which was detailed by “Executive Assistant #1,” was a particular focus of the conference. The executive assistant told investigators that Cuomo invited her to his mansion in November 2020, though she couldn’t recall the exact day.
She alleged that Andrew Cuomo led her into a room of the mansion, closed the door, and slid his hand under her blouse. The executive assistant claimed the New York governor then cupped her breast over her bra. The criminal complaint has become one of the forefront cases against Governor Cuomo, and the alleged incident has since marred his reputation on all sides of the political spectrum.
The incident was addressed by Cuomo’s personal attorney, Rita Glavin, who took issue with the allegation that he groped “Executive Assistant #1” at his mansion last year. “This woman’s allegation, as stated as fact in this report, is false,” Glavin asserted.
Earlier in the conference, Rita Glavin said that “I know the difference between putting together a case against a target, versus doing independent fact-finding with an open mind.” Glavin is referencing the comprehensive investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James which was announced Tuesday. The investigation concluded that Cuomo “sexually harassed multiple women and violated state law.”
Rita Glavin said during the news conference that “there has been no open-minded fact-finding here,” and that instead, the investigators worked with a “pre-determined narrative.” Glavin said that “instead of acting as independent fact-finders, the investigators acted as prosecutors, judge and jury.” Glavin asserted that there was a political agenda behind each one of the “substantiated” allegations the 11 women put forth.
Despite Glavin’s sentiments, it seems that Cuomo is finding himself with fewer and fewer allies. In the last few days, 41 county Democratic chairs called on the governor to “immediately resign.” Other political leaders have come forward with calls for Andrew Cuomo to resign. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden said that “I think he should resign” after the New York attorney general’s office released its report.
“I understand that the state legislature may decide to impeach,” Biden continued but assured reporters that “I don’t know that for a fact.” When reporters asked the president whether he believed Cuomo should be impeached, Biden explained that we should “take one thing at a time.”
President Biden’s calls for Cuomo to resign have been echoed by New York voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. The study found that seven out of 10 New York State voters believe Andrew Cuomo should resign and 55 percent think he should be charged with a crime. The survey conducted found that 57 percent of Democrats, 88 percent of Republicans, and 76 percent of Independents share the sentiment.
In March, the same study found that only 43 percent of voters thought he should resign. The drastic increase is a byproduct of stronger accusations against Cuomo and the official investigation that found at least 11 women were sexually harassed by the New York governor.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has not made an official announcement regarding his potential resignation. So far the governor has not made any comments recognizing his wrongful acts and continuous to fervently deny all allegations.
On Tuesday, after the official report was released, Cuomo denied any inappropriate actions against the 11 women who have come forward. In his speech, the governor said that “I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”