“Be kind to everyone on the way up; you’ll meet the same people on the way down.”
It’s too bad New York Governor didn’t take this advice. Ever since the liberal media decided to throw Cuomo under the bus (so Kamala Harris can drive over him ahead of the 2024 primaries) he has been facing a political reckoning unlike few Democrats have ever seen.
Not only one, but two former aides have accused Governor Cuomo of sexual harasssment. But that’s not all. A video has been leaked by the Daily Mail that puts some mustard on the sausage, so to speak. Watch:
VIDEO: 'Creepy' Cuomo tells female reporter to 'eat the whole sausage' in a sandwich https://t.co/JAREdzTGwN pic.twitter.com/i6kiZLKHHn
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) March 1, 2021
“I want to see you eat the whole sausage,” Cuomo says in the video to News 12 Westchester’s Beth Cefalu at a 2016 public event.
“I don’t know if I should eat the whole sausage in front of you,” she replied. “But I’m definitely going to eat it.”
“There’s too much sausage in that picture,” Cuomo said during a selfie the two shared, which drew laughter.
Although the video is on its way to becoming “viral,” Cefalu remarkably says there is nothing ‘creepy’ about the governor’s comments.
She went to Twitter to defend Cuomo.
This is why people hate “the media” misleading headlines and one-sided articles twisting reality. It’s really sad that any media will turn fun at the fair into some sleazy scandal that it wasn’t.
PS – thanks @FoxNews for speaking for me 👌🏻 very professional #FoxNews #cuomo
— Beth Cefalu (@BethanyCefalu) March 1, 2021
Nonetheless, Cuomo’s office has issued a striking statement denying the sexual harassment accusations facing him from former aides Charlotte Bennett and Lindsey Boylan:
“Questions have been raised about some of my past interactions with people in the office.
“I never intended to offend anyone or cause any harm. I spend most of my life at work and colleagues are often also personal friends.
“At work sometimes I think I am being playful and make jokes that I think are funny. I do, on occasion, tease people in what I think is a good natured way. I do it in public and in private. You have seen me do it at briefings hundreds of times. I have teased people about their personal lives, their relationships, about getting married or not getting married. I mean no offense and only attempt to add some levity and banter to what is a very serious business.
“I now understand that my interactions may have been insensitive or too personal and that some of my comments, given my position, made others feel in ways I never intended. I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. To the extent anyone felt that way, I am truly sorry about that.
“To be clear I never inappropriately touched anybody and I never propositioned anybody and I never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but these are allegations that New Yorkers deserve answers to.
“That’s why I have asked for an outside, independent review that looks at these allegations.
“Separately, my office has heard anecdotally that some people have reached out to Ms. Bennett to express displeasure about her coming forward. My message to anyone doing that is you have misjudged what matters to me and my administration and you should stop now – period.”
The “independent” investigator that Cuomo wanted to tap is highly connected to his administration.
The judge who Cuomo tapped to conduct the "independent" review was hired at Zuckerman Spaeder in 2013 by longtime Cuomo adviser Steven Cohen. Absolute joke. https://t.co/upcRxANW2e pic.twitter.com/ISTGr7RlrO
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) February 28, 2021
The NY Attorney’s General shot down Cuomo’s proposal to appoint an “independent” investigator.
“To clarify, I do not accept the governor’s proposal,” NY AG Letitia James said. “The state’s Executive Law clearly gives my office the authority to investigate this matter once the governor provides a referral. While I have deep respect for Chief Judge DiFiore, I am the duly elected attorney general and it is my responsibility to carry out this task, per Executive Law. The governor must provide this referral so an independent investigation with subpoena power can be conducted.”
It looks like Governor Andrew Cuomo has finally bitten off more than he can chew.
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