On Friday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) became the latest Democrat lawmaker to turn on Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), saying that he “must resign” over the sexual misconduct claims that have been made against him by multiple women.
“After two accounts of sexual assault, four accounts of harassment, the Attorney General’s investigation finding the Governor’s admin hid nursing home data from the legislature & public, we agree with the 55+ members of the New York State legislature that the Governor must resign,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a joint statement released by her and Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY).
The statement went on to say that the latest sexual misconduct claims raise “concerns about the present safety and well-being of the administration staff,” categorizing the allegations as “consistent and highly-detailed.”
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“Unfortunately, the Governor is not only facing the accusative that he engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment and assault,” Ocasio-Cortez and Bowman wrote before citing the attorney general’s “extensive report … that found the Cuomo administration hid data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths from both the public and the state legislature.”
The two Democrats then said that they “believe these women, we believe the reporting, we believe the Attorney General, and we believe the fifty-five members of the New York State legislature, including the State Senate Majority Leader, who have concluded that Governor Cuomo can no longer effectively lead in the face of so many challenges.”
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) March 12, 2021
This comes after over half of the New York State legislature called on Cuomo to resign at once. A total of 59 Democrat New York state lawmakers signed a letter on Thursday saying that Cuomo “has lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature, rendering him ineffective in this time of most urgent need.”
“We have a Lieutenant Governor who can step in and lead for the remainder of the term, and this is what is best for New Yorkers in this critical time,” they added. “It is time for Governor Cuomo to resign.”
1/3) NEW: A combined 59 members of @NYSenDems and @NYSA_Majority are now calling on @NYGovCuomo to resign, saying in a new letter “he has lost the confidence of the public and the state legislature.” With 40 signatories in the Assembly, that number now surpasses a… pic.twitter.com/6HoGxZUHF9
— Zack Fink (@ZackFinkNews) March 11, 2021
Even New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has gotten in on the action, telling reporters on Thursday that Cuomo can “can no longer serve” in his role as governor.
As of this writing, Cuomo has stubbornly refused to resign, telling lawmakers that they’ll need to impeach him.