The governors of four neighboring states stated Tuesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo must action down immediately after an independent investigation observed the 3-time period Democrat had sexually harassed 11 women, 9 of them current or former point out staff.
In a terse statement, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, and Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee — all Democrats — said they were being “appalled at the results of the impartial investigation by the New York Legal professional Common.
“Governor Cuomo should really resign from place of work,” they included.
The governors joined a refrain of Democrats — like President Biden, Senate Bulk Chief Charles Schumer (D-NY), and NYC Mayor Monthly bill de Blasio — demanding Cuomo step apart adhering to the release of the bombshell report by state Lawyer Standard Letitia James.
The statement represents a turnabout for Murphy and Lamont, who labored intently with Cuomo all through very last yr in coordinating a regional reaction to the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo’s dealing with of the outbreak is element of a legislative impeachment investigation, exclusively his policy mandating nursing residences settle for COVID patients, as effectively as the $5.1 million reserve deal the governor been given for his pandemic-era memoir “American Crisis.” The Brooklyn US Attorney’s Office is also conducting its have inquiry into both the nursing house plan and the e-book deal.
The report introduced Tuesday comprehensive how Cuomo, in the words of James, engaged in “unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and building inappropriate comments.” The AG additional that investigators’ interviews of 179 witnesses “revealed a deeply disturbing but crystal clear picture” of the governor’s conduct.
Cuomo, who has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and prompt that the investigation is politically motivated and biased against him, defied calls to resign Tuesday though insisting that he experienced “never touched any one inappropriately or manufactured inappropriate sexual innovations.”
The governor’s reaction incorporated a surreal slideshow of photographs of him touching or kissing the faces of adult men, girls and youngsters at community situations over the yrs as he claimed his accusers had “sought to unfairly characterize and weaponize each day interactions that I have had with any range of New Yorkers.”
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) stated in a assertion Tuesday that Cuomo “has dropped the self-confidence of the Assembly Democratic majority and … can no longer continue to be in business office.
“Once we obtain all pertinent paperwork and proof from the Attorney Common,” Heastie included, “we will shift expeditiously and look to conclude our impeachment investigation as immediately as attainable.”