A sexual harassment accusation simply became the latest reason Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., should resign, according to Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., on Newsmax TV.
A former aide to Cuomo this week accused the governor of sexually harassing her. That followed recent controversies in which the state’s attorney general alleged the number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths were undercounted, and a New York assemblyman accused Cuomo of threatening him.
“As a woman, I do think you need due process, you need to hear both sides [regarding the sexual harassment accusation]. It does look like a one-sided statement, and I hate to just call out sexual harassment that quickly until it’s proven,” Tenney told host Grant Stinchfield on Thursday’s “Stinchfield.”
“But I have plenty of other reasons for Gov. Cuomo, or as you referred to him aptly as ‘King Cuomo,’ to resign. I’ve called for him to resign not just this year over the nursing home scandal, and over covering up statistics but also over some of the things he’s done in the past as governor.”
Tenney said she proposed a “Cuomo Accountability Amendment” to the current COVID-19 relief bill. The amendment would require states to provide accurate information regarding coronavirus deaths and transmission statistics. If such data was denied, funds would go directly to local governments instead of to the state.
Also appearing on the show was former Sen. Al D’Amato, R-N.Y., who saw a quote from Cuomo given during Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearings, in which the judge was accused of sexual misconduct while in high school.
At the time, Cuomo said Kavanaugh should take a polygraph test to prove his innocence.
“You’ve got to be careful what you say when you’re in government,” D’Amato said. “Had [Cuomo] not called for that, I was going to say I hope we don’t see another Kavanaugh debacle. But when you march to a drum, and ask others to march to a drum, you better be ready to take up the march.”
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