New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s regime was not only marked by reckless and deadly decision-making handling the coronavirus pandemic, it fostered a “toxic” workplace where aides were dispersed to satisfy the governor’s personal predelictions, according to a bombshell new Intelligencer report.
One anonymous aide named Kaitlin tells harrowing stories that expose the ugly side of the Cuomo governorship. She first tells the story of how she met Governor Cuomo. He came looking for her.
“Six weeks after starting her new job, Kaitlin was working at a fund-raiser that her firm was hosting for Cuomo,” the report said. “As the governor left, he stopped to greet staffers of the event; when he approached Kaitlin, she introduced herself and told him that she used to work for a politician. To her surprise and confusion, he replied that she would soon be back in government, this time at the state level.”
“Then he grabbed me in a kind of dance pose,” she said, as a photographer snapped a picture. “I was thinking, This is the weirdest interaction I’ve ever had in my life … I was like, Don’t touch me. Everybody was watching.” Kaitlin recalls what Cuomo’s team said as his people laughed and walked away: “Oh, the governor likes you.”
“That same week, Kaitlin received a voice-mail from Cuomo’s office asking her to interview for a job,” the Intelligencer reports. “She had not provided his representatives with contact information; they had found her on their own. She disclosed this to her new bosses, who understood her discomfort but explained that he was the governor and that she would have to take the meeting. When Kaitlin turned to several of her former supervisors and mentors for advice, they repeated the same, explaining that, professionally, she had no choice but to go to the interview and take the job he offered her.”
“The same attitude that emboldens you to target a 25-year-old also emboldens you to scrub a nursing-home report,” the report adds. It gets worse.
“The governor never touched Kaitlin inappropriately or made any explicit sexual overtures, she said, but his reactions would sometimes make her feel self-conscious, such as when she asked him if he wanted her personal cell-phone number,” the report continued.
“I thought that was a normal thing to offer your boss,” she said. Now comes the creepiest part.
“Not long after she started, she said, Cuomo’s people rented out Dorrian’s for a Super Bowl party,” the report continued. “At the end of the night, after the bar opened to the public, Cuomo was sitting in the back room talking to a young woman with a dove tattooed on her hand. At a staff meeting the next morning, Kaitlin said, Cuomo asked his aides to find the woman with the dove tattoo and to consider offering her a job. Kaitlin described the uncanny realization that this was likely how it had gone the morning after she’d met him.”
“After every public event, Kaitlin sorted through photographs of Cuomo posing with guests, selecting images to which he would append personal notes,” she alarmingly relates. “She said he always paid special attention to pictures of himself with pretty women. If he didn’t like how he looked in them, he would yell at Kaitlin.”
“I got screamed at for a lot of bad photos,” she revealed.
The new report paints the picture of a governor that was using taxpayer money and resources to stalk women for his own personal pleasure. If only Cuomo had paid as much attention to what was going on in New York’s nursing homes.
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