New York’s disgraced Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally announced his resignation on Tuesday after a probe uncovered the governor was guilty of sexual harassment against at least 11 women employed by his office.
“New York tough means New York loving, and I love New York and I love you,” Cuomo said, “I would never want to be unhelpful in any way, and I think given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing, and therefore, that’s what I’ll do.”
The governor started his press conference by claiming he’s “deeply” sorry for any behavior deemed inappropriate during his time in office but denied the sexual harassment allegations contained in state Attorney General Letitia James’ investigation.
Cuomo also accused state investigators of bias, saying the report accusing him of sexually harassing 11 women from 2013 to 2020 in violation of state and federal law is evidence of a “lack of fairness in the justice system.”
“When there is a bias or a lack of fairness in the justice system, it is a concern for everyone,” he said. “There is a difference between alleged improper conduct and concluding sexual harassment. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not to say that there are 11 women who I truly offended. There are, and I deeply, deeply apologize.”
Cuomo admitted to making jokes and giving people hugs and kisses, “women and men.”
“I have slipped and called people ‘honey, ’sweetheart’ and ‘darling.’ I mean it to be endearing but women found it dated and offensive,” he continued. “I take full responsibility for my actions. I have been too familiar with people. My sense of humor can be insensitive and off-putting.”
“In my mind, I’ve never crossed the line with anyone, but I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn,” he added. “There are generational and cultural shifts that I just didn’t fully appreciate. And I should have, no excuses.”
President Biden, meanwhile, appeared to be saddened by the governor’s resignation – claiming he did “a hell of a job.”
Biden did, however, say that he respected the governor’s decision to resign. “I respect the governor’s decision and I respect the decision he made.”
When asked how Cuomo’s actions would affect the Democratic Party, Biden signaled he thought the fallout would be limited.
“I think the impact is all on Andrew Cuomo and his decision to make that judgment,” Biden said. “And I respect his decision.”
Biden lamented the loss of the governor’s leadership and touted Cuomo’s questionable record on policies, outside of his personal conduct.
“He’s done a hell of a job,” Biden said. “… That’s why it’s so sad.”
Press secretary Jen Psaki later tweeted about Biden’s response to control the fallout after Biden clearly showed he was sad to be losing the pervy Democrat governor.
“@potus responded to a specific question today about @NYGovCuomo work on infrastructure,” she wrote. “He also made clear it was right for @NYGovCuomo to step down, reiterated his support for women who come forward, and made clear you can’t separate personal behavior from other work.”
Author: James Sonast