THE UN-LUCKY 7? Seventh Woman Comes Forward against Governor Cuomo

Jennifer Kerns #cuomo, AAN Headlines

As if six weren’t enough, a seventh woman has come forward stating that Governor Andrew Cuomo inappropriately touched her at the Governor’s mansion and suggested in front of others that they were “going steady.”

New York Magazine reports today that, unlike the previous six women, a reporter was the target this time.

That reporter was 25 years old at the time of the incident.

In recent days Cuomo has contradicted himself by first denying any inappropriate touching, then blaming it on his Italian heritage by suggesting that they are a touchy-feely bunch. (Outrageous.)

At this rate, it will be no surprise if an eighth woman comes forward. The question is: how many sexual harassment allegations will be enough for the New York State Democratic Party to demand its own guv step down, or risk losing credibility on women’s issues forever? 

Sixth Woman Reported Sexual Mistreatment by Governor Andrew Cuomo

Jennifer Kerns #BelieveAllWoman, #cuomo, #MeToo, AAN Headlines

A sixth woman has come forward to report that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo touched her inappropriately after being called to the governor’s mansion one night last year.

The new allegation adds to the growing list of accusers in the Empire State.

The yet-unnamed accuser is not only the sixth person but the fifth Cuomo aide to do so.

The sexual harassment scandals have the power to take down not only one of the most prominent Democrat governors, but the entire Liberal establishment’s famous #MeToo movement.

After all, if Liberals truly #BelieveAllWomen why is it taking some Liberals until after such time as when more women come forward?

The Oxford textbook definition of hypocrisy is “the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.”

In September 2018, Liberals pounced onto the scene with the slogan #BelieveAllWoman immediately after the confirmation hearings of now-Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The lesson was that all women — even Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, whose memory was shaky on some elements of her alleged attack 30 years ago — should be believed, no matter what.

Why, then, is the shoe on the other foot when it comes to a man within their own party? If progressives were abiding by their own rule, they would have believed the FIRST woman who came forward against Cuomo.

Furthermore, to suggest that there isn’t a problem when the first five women stepped forward, denigrates the experiences of those five women.

However, Cuomo isn’t the first Democrat to get a pass on believing all women.

Just ask Tara Reade, the former aide to then-U.S. Senator Joe Biden, who accused the elder senator of sexually attacking her in the basement of the U.S. Capitol. She said that when she brought it to her superior’s attention, she was fired. Not many Democrats believed her, instead choosing to back Biden in his Presidential bid.

National Public Radio (NPR) reports on a survey that shows 81% of women have experienced sexual harassment.

To a large portion of the population, the optics of not “believing all women” when one party has lectured the other for nearly three years on doing precisely that, won’t play well in the 2022 midterms, which will serve as a referendum on everything that occurred on the Democrats’ watch.

Until Liberals take sexual harassment allegations against their own party’s leaders seriously, they can’t be believed in the future when they say that ALL women ought to be believed.

TIME’S (NOT) UP: Cuomo’s Approval Falls to All-Time Low, but New Poll Shows Voters Aren’t Ready to Oust Him

Jennifer Kerns #cuomo, AAN Headlines

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval ratings have fallen to an all-time low in the midst of his simultaneous nursing home and sexual harassment scandals.

The governor’s approval ratings have fallen to just 38% — the lowest ever in his career, according to a new poll by Emerson College and News Nation.

44% believe he “attempted to cover up the truth” when it comes to the nursing home death rates and his decision to send COVID-positive elderly patients back into nursing homes. Another 7% agree he “attempted to cloud the truth,” bringing the total number who don’t believe him to 51%.

A greater number of New York voters across the state also believe that Cuomo “sexually harassed” “multiple women” — 54% of voters to be exact. That figure shot up after his public mea culpa last week.

Yet, the majority of his constituents aren’t ready for him to call it quits — and it varies widely by geography.

The majority of his constituents in New York City, specifically, think he’s doing a fine job. 55% of registered voters in the city approve of the job he is doing — even though the COVID-19 pandemic and his ensuing lockdowns obliterated that city.

Somewhat stunning in the wake of his sexual harassment scandals, an overwhelming 64% of female voters in New York City approve of the job he is doing.

It reminds us of President Bill Clinton’s approval ratings around the time of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

A Pew Research Center poll taken just after Clinton’s January 1998 denial of the allegations actually found that 71% of Americans approved of the job he was doing — a stunning 10% higher than a poll taken just before the Lewinsky scandal broke.

While Cuomo is no Clinton — Cuomo at least is suffering in his ratings — it is telling that voters are not (yet) calling for his head on a proverbial spear. It’s an early indicator that he may yet survive.

However, New York has pressing matters at hand — not the least of which is that New York needs strong leadership to re-open and to lure its tax base back from sunny South Florida and other far-flung locales. It’s hard to imagine that the governor can solely focus on that complex task and not have his daily press briefings upended over the scandals, especially if more women come forward.

Cuomo has said there’s no chance he quits, and there’s no provision for gubernatorial recall in New York State. With these new polling numbers showing voters’ resignation on, well, resignation it’s more reasonable than ever to suggest that the New York legislature’s process of impeachment may be the only way that a final reckoning can be made pertaining to Cuomo’s COVID-19 handling, as well as how he treated his female staff.