As the activist media was so fond of saying about former President Donald Trump, it appears the “walls are closing in” on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who has been trying desperately to fend off accusations of sexual harassment. After New York attorney general Letitia James released a bombshell report last week outlining the allegations, the situation became even more dire for the embattled governor. Now, one of the women whose testimony was featured in the report has revealed herself and is telling her story.
Cuomo Accuser Comes Forward
Brittany Commisso, who is referred to as “Executive Assistant #1” in the attorney general’s report, participated in an interview with CBS’ This Morning and the Times Union. The discussion, which is set to air on Monday, focused on her experience while working for Gov. Cuomo. She is one of 11 women alleging that the governor behaved inappropriately with her and is the first to file a criminal complaint against him.
Commisso averred that Cuomo should face consequences for his actions, according to a preview released on Sunday. Journalist Jericka Duncan, who conducted the interview, asked the former staffer why she filed the criminal complaint. “It was the right thing to do. The governor needs to be held accountable,” Commisso replied.
Duncan pressed, asking if “being held accountable” meant “seeing the governor charged with the crime?” Commisso responded: “What he did to me was a crime. He broke the law.”
In the attorney general’s report, the former staffer claimed that in 2019 and 2020, Cuomo “engaged in close and intimate hugs,” on several occasions. In one instance, he allegedly “reached under her blouse and grabbed her breast.” In another incident, while taking a selfie, Commisso claimed the governor “put his hand on and then rubbed and grabbed her butt.”
The Beginning of the End?
Cuomo has repeatedly insisted that the allegations of sexual impropriety are false. Despite calls to resign coming from as high as President Joe Biden, the governor has remained steadfast in his denials. However, despite his protestations, it appears the tide has turned against Cuomo. A recent Marist poll revealed that a majority of New Yorkers (60 percent) want the governor to be sent packing. Another survey, conducted by Quinnipiac in March, showed that 55 percent of New York residents wanted him to resign.
To make matters worse for Cuomo, it appears that Democratic state officials are in line with the public. Many have publicly called for his resignation and have intimated that they are willing to launch impeachment proceedings should the governor continue resisting calls for him to step down. Of course, this could be lip service. But at this point, it does not seem likely that these individuals would be willing to risk angering their constituents to protect a governor who has become an albatross around the New York Democratic Party’s neck as of late. Either way, it is evident that this scandal, along with the nursing home kerfuffle, has driven a rusty dagger into the heart of Gov. Cuomo’s political future.
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