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8/10/2021

Facing Allegations of Sexual Harassment, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Resigns

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:22 am



[guest post by Dana]

He made the announcement just moments ago:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday he was resigning after a withering report from the state’s attorney general alleged he’d sexually harassed multiple women leading to calls from top Democrats, including President Joe Biden, that he step down.

“And I think that given the circumstances the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to government, and therefore that is what I’ll do, because I work for you, and doing the right thing, is doing the right thing for you,” Cuomo said.

He announced he’ll leave office in 14 days while continuing to insist that he did nothing wrong.

It was indeed a damning report. And of course, he is insisting that he did nothing wrong:

Fighting for his political survival, Cuomo authorized James to investigate the harassment claims and predicted the probe would exonerate him — but it wound up substantiating all the claims against him in a blistering 165-page report.

In one case, he allegedly groped an executive assistant under her shirt, and in another, he fondled a state trooper, the report alleged. The governor “sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees by, among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, as well as making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women,” the report alleged.

Shortly after the report’s release, Cuomo maintained “I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” and vowed to focus on his job.

Shorter Cuomo: Despite these false allegations, I will nobly sacrifice myself for you, New York.

–Dana

[UPDATE by JVW] – It’s only fair that we take a moment to recall all of the aging, befuddled celebrities who fawned over Andy the Asshole just one year ago:

88 Responses to “Facing Allegations of Sexual Harassment, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Resigns”

  1. As a reminder, leading Democrats including President Biden said that he should step down.

    Dana (174549)

  2. Good

    Davethulhu (aa6793)

  3. That is one way to get out of being accountable for New York’s Covid numbers…

    BuDuh (511ed0)

  4. As a reminder, leading Democrats including President Biden said that he should step down.

    What did you expect them to say after the report was released?

    BuDuh (511ed0)

  5. Good riddance. It was either resign or get impeached. He was only pissing off more New Yorkers the longer he stayed in office.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  6. What did you expect them to say after the report was released?

    Many of them called for his resignation in March.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  7. The Nixon option.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  8. So brave!

    Good riddance, Gov. Fuhgeddaboudit

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  9. They re STILL defend him; actually projecting he till ha a career ahead in politics:

    “He [Cuomo] had plenty of support with voters across the state. Just not in Albany.” – Dana Bash, CableNewsNetwork

    These people are brain dead.

    “He [JFK] had plenty of support with voters across the state. Just not in Dallas.” – Baby Dana Bash, CribNewsNetwork

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  10. 3… yes, and provides assistance to several Democrat governors who had a hand in nursing home deaths in their states.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  11. @7. The Big Dick vs. Da Bigga Dicka, badda-bing.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  12. Tappen Zee forever.

    mg (8cbc69)

  13. Tappan

    mg (8cbc69)

  14. Gov. Tappen Zee Booty

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  15. Poor Donald: Andrew still has an Emmy Trump will never get.

    For that matter– so does Cosby; several.
    _____

    What deal did he cut w/t legislature? Who can he pardon for any crimes in 14 days?

    Let’s start with the ‘C’s’…

    ‘I shall resign effective in two weeks.’ – The Big Creep

    ‘I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow.’ – The Big Dick

    “Richard! Richard! It’s the governor!” – Billy Graham [David Frye] ‘Richard Nixon-A Fantasy’ 1973

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  16. @1 i’ll bet that included governor blackface of virginia

    JF (e1156d)

  17. Washington Post, March 24, 2022
    “Facing a sluggish economy, continued racial strife, and the inability to completely ward off the new Iota variant of COVID-19, some New Yorkers are pining for a return of disgraced governor Andrew Cuomo, who despite genuinely controversial behavior in office was largely considered to be a competent steward. . . ”

    Politico, May 18, 2022
    “In a turn of events that would have been absolutely unthinkable just a few short months ago, New York Democrat Party leaders are mulling over the possible return to power of the man they forced out last August. The continued dysfunction in Albany and the thus far lackluster campaign performance of top gubernatorial candidates Bill de Blasio, Sara Jessica Parker, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, are forcing party leaders to consider bringing back the man whose behavior they once referred to as ‘toxic’ and ‘unacceptable’. . . ”

    CNN, September 13, 2022
    “Former governor Andrew Cuomo completed the most unlikely of political comebacks tonight by capturing the Democrat Party’s nomination to run as governor this November. Cuomo, a late entry into the race, caught fire in the final three weeks of the campaign after receiving endorsements from President Joe Biden, Vice-President Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama, and, in an incredible twist, the National Organization of Women. . . ”

    New York Times Editorial Page, October 30, 2022
    “. . . and though we remain troubled by Mr. Cuomo’s past behavior — from his unacceptable behavior towards women to his questionable personal ethics to the culture of fear he inculcated within the state capital — we can’t help but acknowledge that on the key issues such as creating good jobs paying living wages, protecting the environment, affirming a woman’s right to choose, and supporting marginalized communities, Mr. Cuomo stands heads-and-shoulders above his Republican opponent. . . “

    JVW (ee64e4)

  18. If you listen to his ‘I am a fighter’ speech, it has echoes of the ‘I am not a quitter’ speech from another August, 47 years ago. But then, ‘plagiarism’ is very “in” these days.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  19. @17. “Fake news,” JVW?!?!?!

    Sound the Trump-ets! 😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  20. The Assembly judiciary chairman confirmed Monday nursing home deaths would be included in the impeachment inquiry.

    “Just on the nursing home question alone, there are more than half a million pages of documentation,” Assemblyman Charles Lavine said.

    https://pix11.com/news/local-news/cuomo-under-fire/cuomos-handling-of-covid-in-nursing-homes-will-be-part-of-impeachment-probe/

    That seems like a pretty big development the day before he resigned.

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  21. and deblasio smiled

    mg (8cbc69)

  22. @20. “So it was …. murderrrrrr!!!”

    You’re probably right, Buduh- that was the final kicker.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  23. Footnote 1239 of the Attorney General’s report:

    1239 We understand that certain criminal authorities, including the Albany Police Department, have been alerted to the most egregious allegations of physical touching, including the groping of Executive Assistant #1. While concluding that the Governor engaged in unlawful sexual harassment, we do not reach in this report a conclusion as to whether the conduct amounts to or should be the subject of criminal prosecution.

    Brittany Commisso apparently did this before last week.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  24. 16, that’s a comparatively no-harm offense of modern mores, not a capital crime. While this turned out to be the ultimate false alarm, there were those defending the attendee’s right to say the offensive term.

    urbanleftbehind (7bf924)

  25. The body is still warm yet both CNN & MSNBC keep hyping a Cuomo ‘come back…’

    Yet they’ve buried Trump. The state of cable news today is dismal. It needs to regulated. If there was ever a need for a ‘come back’ it is for The Fairness Doctrine.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  26. 17. Politico satire:

    thus far lackluster campaign performance of top gubernatorial candidates Bill de Blasio, Sara Jessica Parker, and Hillary Rodham Clinton,

    Bill de Blasio and Hillary Rodham Clinton are really being speculated about as candidates.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/09/us/politics/democrats-cuomo.html

    …Mr. Sharpton, whose Harlem headquarters is a mandatory way station for Democratic aspirants, said that political associates of Ms. James, Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Representative Thomas Suozzi of Long Island and Mayor Bill de Blasio had all approached him to sound him out about [endorsing them in] the 2022 governor’s race…

    …Others said to be considering a run include Jumaane D. Williams, the left-wing New York City public advocate, who lost to Ms. Hochul in the 2018 primary for lieutenant governor, and Steven Bellone, the Suffolk County executive.

    Mr. de Blasio has declined to rule out a bid. Similarly, a campaign adviser to Mr. DiNapoli, Doug Forand, said Mr. DiNapoli was happy in his current job but acknowledged “the unpredictable nature of the governor’s situation.”

    The list of possible Democratic contenders will almost certainly increase, and could include other members of Congress, depending on the results of the redistricting process. It also could include the names of more prominent women: Some in party circles have expressed hope that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand or even Hillary Clinton might become interested in the job.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  27. DiNapoli, Suozzi, and fake paisan DiBlasio? Are they hoping for misplaced (and no longer evident) ethnic solidarity against a possible Lee Zeldin R candidacy?Guess they plagiarized that approach from Brian Cashman (J. Gallo and A. Rizzo recent adds to the Yankees).

    urbanleftbehind (7bf924)

  28. Cheerleader and prt-tim Q-Tip salesman Chris Cuomo is conveniently ‘on vacation’ at CNN.

    If they wanna salvage any of their journalistic integrity, might be time to make it permanent and ‘Zuck’ him over the side as well.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  29. No doubt he sampled all the benefits of not having any normal dude competition in Turnerville.

    urbanleftbehind (7bf924)

  30. Cheerleader and prt-tim Q-Tip salesman Chris Cuomo is conveniently ‘on vacation’ at CNN.

    Look for Fredo to suddenly have a yearning to “spend more time with my family, especially my young children,” followed-up by the usual blather about how he doesn’t want to miss out on all of the “special moments that only come around once.”

    JVW (ee64e4)

  31. On Deck –
    The govna of cantafordya.

    mg (8cbc69)

  32. Chris Cuomo says he goes on vacation every year this week, because it’s his birthday. He reached an agreement with CNN – he could stay on the air, provided he said nothing about the situation his brother was in, and didn’t discuss it with anyone connected to the governor except the governor himself.

    He preferred that to a leave of absence.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  33. “I made the mistake of equating a few hugs and kisses during the holidays with cupping breasts and grabbing handfuls of tush. I have only their hot and steamy attractiveness to blame.”

    —- Andrew Cuomotose

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  34. [UPDATE by JVW] – It’s only fair that we take a moment to recall all of the aging, befuddled celebrities who fawned over Andy the Asshole just one year ago:

    Emmy of 2020…I would like to know what each of these phony celebrities have to say today. This should not be memory-holed. pic.twitter.com/gQhiTakWZd— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) August 10, 2021

    JVW (ee64e4)

  35. @31. Yes, people are pissed, wanna work off some anger and go to the driving range to smack some balls. Newsom’s all teed up to kiss the face of a 3-wood.

    ______

    @8. Give him the chance he’d likely- andliterally- kiss your azz goodbye.

    ‘Cause, you know that’s the kinda huggable-loveable goodfella he is.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  36. No doubt he sampled all the benefits of not having any normal dude competition in Turnerville.

    Wait… are you saying Lemon, Tater Stelter and several other low-T types aren’t normal?

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  37. Chris Cuomo says he goes on vacation every year this week, because it’s his birthday. He reached an agreement with CNN – he could stay on the air, provided he said nothing about the situation his brother was in, and didn’t discuss it with anyone connected to the governor except the governor himself.

    No doubt that’s true, but with brother Sonny now out of the picture, exactly what benefit does Fredo bring to CNN, versus the degree of embarrassment over the reminder of how sleazy that family truly is? Would Fredo ever be able to have on a right-of-center guest without being relentlessly mocked over his (awful) ethics? I will be really surprised if CNN determines that the benefits of keeping Fredo on TV outweigh the drawbacks.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  38. https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-is-this-the-treatment-cuomo-deserves-20210810-fiesynd5evagnjuvxmdct2twva-story.html

    … James based her devastating conclusions in part on interviews with 179 unnamed witnesses, of whom just 41 were under oath. Seasoned Albany observers say that’s the way investigations go in the Empire State, but I am unpersuaded.

    Cuomo may well be guilty of sexual harassment or even unwanted sexual touching. But let’s reach that conclusion after at least a frisson of due process…

    James wanted an “independent” investigation. She went out like Diogenes with a lantern looking for an honest man. She got Joon Kim, with years of experience investigating Cuomo. He almost put the hat on Cuomo when he was in the U.S. attorney’s office, participating in Preet Bharara’s investigation of Cuomo’s early gutting of a supposedly independent anti-corruption panel. [The Moreland Commission, which he created, and then abruptly closed down when, it was suspected, they got intrested in Cuomo’s office. Bharara insisted on getting their records. His investigation did result in the indictments and conviction of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and (Republican) Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. Now the 3rd man in the room is going]

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  39. Summary of Cuomo’s presser:

    Graduated admissions: Could’ve touched, but accidentally

    Non-denial denials: Never crossed the line in my mind

    Revenge: My pol opponents

    Shift blame: Society’s fault

    Minimize: Just banter

    Repressions: Don’t remember

    Hero: Helping by resigning

    https://twitter.com/ElectionWiz/status/1425148775903993859?s=20

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  40. Although it didn;t cause all the nursing home deaths, his sending of recovering Covid patients back to where they came from is maybe responsible for approximately 1/6 of them.

    Cuomo told a very disingenuous statement about the necessity. One nursing home executive said why not send them to the Comfort or the Javits Center? Cuomo claimed, when asked later about that by the oress, that he couldn’t do that because that was not part of the deal with the federal government.

    True, but Cuomo changed the deal one time. He could have changed it again. Or tried. Trump wouldn’t have refused, at least if he talked nicely to him and maybe even if he didn’t.

    I’d certainly like to know what his reason was.

    Was it to save money for the state? Or maybe something to do with political contributions by somebody, and if so, who or what?

    Similar sendbacks were done in New Jersey and Michigan at least.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  41. Mario Cuomo was a “mentsch” Andrew Cuomo reportedly is not.

    But there’s one thing they share: Legalistic type arguments that are not the truth.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  42. “He.Is. Out. God bless America.”

    —- Janice Dean

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  43. Remember – Democrats lined up for this because an accounting of Cuomo’s handling of elderly COVID deaths in NY state was damning. So they decided to run him out on a lesser charge; although, it is still a pretty bad one.

    You can expect Democrats to refuse to talk about Cuomo’s orders that lead to the deaths of thousands. Why? He’s no longer in office. Democrats have to focus on more important matters – like getting Trump’s taxes…

    Hoi Polloi (ade50d)

  44. Cuomo’s problem is that he failed to create a cult of personality. Had he done so, no Democrat would have dared cross him. You’ll never see this happen to Bernie or that Trump guy.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  45. Mario Cuomo was a “mentsch”

    We’ll know the truth of that soon. Stories to the contrary would be too good to pass up in the feeding frenzy.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  46. But there’s one thing they share: Legalistic type arguments that are not the truth.

    That strategy is shared by a preponderance of liberals.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  47. In Cuomo’s defense, he did give ‘em 2 weeks notice. Which is very thoughtful.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  48. I’m no fan of Cuomo, and I’m glad he’s out. But why the hate for celebrities who said nice things about him a year ago? They weren’t aware of his misconduct, and there’s nothing wrong with appreciating his leadership a year ago but now finding him despicable on a personal level and wanting him to resign.

    Jonny Scrumhalf (19d5fc)

  49. It’s only fair that we take a moment to recall all of the aging, befuddled celebrities who fawned over Andy the Asshole just one year ago:

    Lest we forget, Sammy Davis Jr., hugging landslide Nixon in ’72. 😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  50. President Plagiarist assessing Cuomo’s tenure as governor at Infrastructure presser:

    “He’s done a helluva job…. I’m not going to comment anymore on Andrew Cuomo.” – President Plagiarist, 8/10/21.

    5 seconds later: “As governor or on his behavior?”

    O.M.G. Mrs. Lincoln enjoyed the play, eh, Joe?!

    =Ring-Ring= telephone for Joe: God calling; come home.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  51. Hitler did ‘a helluva job’ on those autobahns, eh, Joe?

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  52. Good. He should resign. I’m glad he did, as I expected him to.

    nate_w (1f1d55)

  53. @ 4,

    What could they say after that report? I suggest you look at how many Republican officials and lawmakers are continuing to rally around the Big Lie despite it being clearly established that Trump lost the election. There are always deluded sycophants and bottom feeders willing to leech onto a powerful figure, no matter how despicable his behavior.

    Dana (174549)

  54. But why the hate for celebrities who said nice things about him a year ago? They weren’t aware of his misconduct, and there’s nothing wrong with appreciating his leadership a year ago but now finding him despicable on a personal level and wanting him to resign.

    Because by the time Cuomo was being celebrated there were already rumblings in conservative media — though, I grant you, almost completely ignored (if not suppressed) by mainstream media — that New York’s handling of COVID cases had been an absolute disaster and had resulted in unnecessary deaths which were being covered up. If celebrities choose to close their minds completely to information outside of their most sacred ideological beliefs, they deserve the condemnation coming their way. And even setting aside the COVID issue (and the sleazy book deals), Cuomo was known to be a bully and to act oafishly, and it was clear to everyone paying attention that he was surrounded by advisors and political allies had serious ethics problems, which suggests that they were simply following his lead.

    To fete this guy as some kind of hero when anyone who was taking an honest look would have concluded that he was deeply compromised is a level of stupidity deserving of our withering contempt.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  55. Good riddance mafioso. Happy days are here again! Clinton, AOC and deblasio are already making their 2022 campaign signs!

    asset (273a57)

  56. He resigned effective in 14 days, which means he didn’t resign just yet. He’s going to hold out for another 14 days to try to massage a more favorable public opinion and see if he can get the heat turned down.

    I’m skeptical and in my book until he’s out of office he has not officially resigned.

    KenL (6340ff)

  57. When how Cuomo did as governor, Biden said:

    “a hell of a job.”

    Cool. So sending thousands of elderly to their graves and sexually assaulting women is “a hell of a job” in Biden’s book.

    We are in the very best of hands.

    Hoi Polloi (ade50d)

  58. @53 hey, whatabout trump

    JF (e1156d)

  59. 53-
    No concern about the 18 idiot republicans who sold you out?

    mg (8cbc69)

  60. Listening to Cuomo today, I think he chose a partial Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer approach.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  61. Cuomo did it. Packwood did it. Lauer did it. Moonves did it. O’Reilly did it. Napolitano did it. Ailes did it. Franken did it. Kavanaugh did it. Letterman did it. Bolling did it. Thomas did it. Cosby did it. Ed Henry did it. Spacey did it. Hoffman did it. Clinton did it. Weiner did it. Toobin did it. Weinstein did it. Charlie Rose did it.

    What the hell: O.J. did it.

    Pigs gotta pork.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  62. I mean, c’mon, man!

    “Now don’t get me wrong, this is not to say that there are not 11 women who I truly offended, there are. And for that, I deeply, deeply apologize. I thought a hug and putting my arm around a staff person and while taking a picture was friendly, but she found it to be too forward. I kissed a woman on the cheek at a wedding, and I thought I was being nice, but she felt that it was too aggressive. I have slipped and called people, honey, sweetheart and darling. I meant it to be endearing, but women found it dated and offensive. I said on national TV, to a doctor wearing PPE and giving me a COVID nasal swab, “You make that gown look good.” I was joking, obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t have said it on national TV, but she found it disrespectful.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  63. On second thought, Cuomo took a combo-approach… partial Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer – Eric “Otter” Stratton

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  64. Hoi Polloi (ade50d) — 8/10/2021 @ 2:09 pm

    So sending thousands of elderly to their graves and sexually assaulting women is “a hell of a job” in Biden’s book.

    Joe Biden wasn;t thinking of that – or of much of anything except who supported Cuomo – Cuomo endorsed a bunch of extremely liberal positions eventually. If Biden even heard of that. He probably did hear of the issue, but didn’t evaluate it.

    People have tried to come up with explanations for his ordering nursing homes to accept returning patients without testing them. I don;t think that he didnt want Trump to take the credit for taking care of them is the answer.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  65. That’s three Democratic governors of New York with sex scandals in a row: Spitzer, Patterson, and Cuomo.

    (Incidentally, I have never found an answer to a question I raised when Andrew Cuomo was governor and openly living with Sandra Lee, who was acting as first lady of New York. We need a new title for such women (and, eventually, men?), something like the French: Maîtresse-en-titre.)

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  66. I didn’t listen to Cuomo yet, but heard reports and some some sound bytes.

    Notes:

    1. The announcement of his resignation took people at the press conference by surprise. It started with his lawyer(s) offering a defense. Only later, as he spoke did things sound different.

    2. Cuomo said he (thought) he never crossed the line, but the line was redrawn.

    3 He said his daughters can learn a lesson from this (?) (He has only daughters)

    4. About the state trooper (where they have him dead to rights on specially selecting her for the job and changing a regulation to do so) he says he doesn’t remember doing it, but he believes her and apologizes to her and her family. (He’s not an alcoholic.)

    5. He said facts don’t matter – this is a matter of politics.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  67. Correction: Paterson, not Patterson.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  68. 65. They just call them girlfriend.

    I thought, and maybe a lot of other people thought, although I never read this explanation – that he didn’t marry her because he was a Catholic, and living without benefit of marriage is more acceptable in the Catholic church than remarrying after a divorce.

    Sandra Lee, incidentally, considered herself a mother to his three girls. (I think she has no children of her own))

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  69. Paterson had a story to tell about Andrew Cuomo the other day on the radio.

    He was asked to approve fracking in New York state, and he sent it to a commission or something which was expected to recommend he should turn it down but the next year they said it was OK.

    He was going to approve it, but “my successor” said don’t do it – let me do it. (and get the credit)

    But then he didn’t.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  70. Sandra Lee wasn’t much associated with Andrew Cuomo’s duties, but they lived together in a house in Westchester County, which has since been sold. Sandra Lee moved to the west coast.

    Cuimo needs to find a place to live.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  71. Attila the Hun. Matilda the Mum.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  72. I thought there was something far more interesting about President Biden’s response vis a vis Governor Cuomo. The Biden Team claims their man was separating his assessment of the job Sonny did as governor (“a hell of a job”) from his personal behavior, which the President has criticized. But I was struck that when asked what about Sonny’s record of accomplishment was so impressive, all the President could do is weakly cite improvements in “access to voting” and “infrastructure.”

    Access to voting? Infrastructure?

    Not job creation or fair wages or addressing climate change or “protecting a woman’s right to choose” or any other typical Democrat talking points that ought to roll off of the tongue of even the stupidest elected member of that party, but access to voting and infrastructure?

    It leads me to believe that President Biden’s mind is so focused today upon defending the Washington stimulus pork bill that 18 Republicans disgracefully supported while at the same time blasting those states who aren’t mass-dropping blank ballots from airplanes that he is simply incapable of pivoting to any other thoughts without completely losing his train of thought and having his mind go blank. I know a lot of commenters here have a far more charitable opinion of the President’s mental faculties than I have and think that I am overstating my belief that our Chief Executive is in the throughs of full-blown dementia, but am I hard-pressed to conclude otherwise.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  73. Access to voting? Infrastructure?

    JVW, ‘come on, man:

    The lunch bucket Big Guy’s America’s #1 big rig 18-wheeler; ol’ Convoy Joe keeps on truckin’ yet prefers to rides the rails, not the roads, in his beloved never-turned-a-profit-Amtrak-commuter-choo-choos after a certain incident in the Keystone State:

    “It was just after dark when the truck started down
    the hill that leads into Scranton, Pennsylvania.
    Carrying thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
    Carrying thirty thousand pounds…. of bananas…

    He barely made the sweeping curve that led into the steepest grade.
    And he missed the thankful passing bus at ninety miles an hour.
    And he said “God, make it a dream!”
    as he rode his last ride down.
    And he said “God, make it a dream!”
    as he rode his last ride down.
    And he sideswiped nineteen neat parked cars,
    clipped off thirteen telephone poles,
    hit two houses, bruised eight trees,
    and Blue-Crossed seven people.
    it was then he lost his head,
    not to mention an arm or two before he stopped.
    And he slid for four hundred yards
    along the hill that leads into Scranton, Pennsylvania.
    All those thirty thousand pounds of bananas.

    You know the man who told me about it on the bus,
    as it went up the hill out of Scranton, Pennsylvania,
    he shrugged his shoulders, he shook his head,
    and he said (and this is exactly what he said)
    “Boy that sure must’ve been something.
    Just imagine thirty thousand pounds of bananas.
    Yes, there were thirty thousand pounds of mashed bananas.
    Of bananas. Just bananas. Thirty thousand pounds.
    of Bananas. not no driver now. Just bananas!” – Harry Chapin

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeZJ6WSVVAk

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  74. So in the face of very credible elevations of sexual misconduct the Democrats have forced out the governor of a major state. Since it’s safely Dem it’s not the greatest profile in courage but they did do the right thing.

    Time123 (78eca7)

  75. What could they say after that report? I suggest you look at how many Republican officials and lawmakers are continuing to rally around the Big Lie despite it being clearly established that Trump lost the election. There are always deluded sycophants and bottom feeders willing to leech onto a powerful figure, no matter how despicable his behavior.

    Dana (174549) — 8/10/2021 @ 1:36 pm

    When you say deluded figures and sycophants you know you’re talking about most of the GOP leadership and a plurality of the base?

    Time123 (78eca7)

  76. More than a year ago, say maybe even in March of 2020, the New York Times Sunday Magazine published a piece by some lady writer which was essentially an erotic fantasy (hers) involving Cuomo. You can understand why I have forgotten the who and when and what, but are any comrades here unfortunate enough to have also read it and remember it?

    nk (1d9030)

  77. He resigned effective in 14 days, which means he didn’t resign just yet. He’s going to hold out for another 14 days to try to massage a more favorable public opinion and see if he can get the heat turned down.

    I mean, there’s a lot of files to be shredded and computer data to be erased, not to mention the people who need to either be bribed or threatened into silence. It will be a pretty ambitious task for him to get everything done by August 24.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  78. True of most politicians, but definitely true of those from Yew Nork… “Basically, they were just assholes, though, and took it as a measure of God’s satisfaction with them that everybody else thought they were assholes.”

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  79. Would love to see Affectionate Andrew take ol’Convoy Joe parking ‘behind the gymnasium’ for one of his wet Noo Yawk smacks on the kisser– then maybe a hug with nipple-fondling chaser.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  80. @59 Sold who out? Not the 90% of republican who are populists. As for the uncle milty free trade economic libertarians and their creative destruction reaganomics. To quote AOC. They have got the money we have the people. This goes for both partys.

    asset (a3363b)

  81. NY Lt. Gov/ Kathy Hochul will make a broadcast speech at 2 pm EDT today.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  82. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/20/nyregion/sexual-harassment-laws-ny.html

    For decades, sexual harassment was the State Capitol’s worst-kept secret.

    Even as women climbed the ranks of political power and won legal promises of gender equality, legislators avoided the topic of harassment. Female aides and even lawmakers who tried to complain were ignored or paid to be silent.

    Even when harassment scandals burst into public view, lawmakers did not propose bills to strengthen workplace protections, promising instead to dedicate themselves to internal reform.

    But under the newly Democrat-led Legislature, that era seems to have ended. Earlier this year, the state held its first public hearings on the issue in nearly 30 years. And on Wednesday, lawmakers passed sweeping anti-harassment legislation that supporters said would make New York’s laws among the most robust in the nation….

    …The legislation eliminates the state’s “severe or pervasive” standard for proving harassment, which advocates said had allowed judges to dismiss claims of inappropriate comments or even groping as insufficiently hostile.

    The bills also restrict employers’ ability to avoid liability for the behavior of their employees; provide for attorney fees and punitive damages in discrimination cases; expand the time frame to file complaints about workplace harassment with a state agency; and ensure that anti-harassment training is provided in multiple languages….

    …Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has promised to sign the bills.

    “We will make it easier for claims to be brought forward and send a strong message that when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, time is up,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

    The changes build on a slate of laws that Mr. Cuomo signed last year amid the peak of the #MeToo movement that banned most nondisclosure agreements and mandatory arbitration for harassment complaints, and required government employees found responsible for harassment to refund any taxpayer-financed payouts.

    Mr. Cuomo has repeatedly called those laws the strongest in the nation. But advocates, including the group of former legislative staffers, criticized the lawmaking process as too opaque, and they said it left the laws riddled with loopholes.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  83. 72. JVW (ee64e4) — 8/10/2021 @ 4:39 pm

    Access to voting? Infrastructure?

    Not job creation or fair wages or addressing climate change or “protecting a woman’s right to choose” or any other typical Democrat talking points that ought to roll off of the tongue of even the stupidest elected member of that party, but access to voting and infrastructure?

    These days voting and “infrastructure” are the talking points. Governor Cuomo didn’t do anything about voting excepr make absentee voting easier by making it a policy that fear of Covid would be considered a temporary disability and you didn’t have to specify.

    It leads me to believe that President Biden’s mind is so focused today upon defending the Washington stimulus pork bill

    It’s two bills. One that gets Republican votes and one that does not. The Portman argument for bothering with the first bill is that that could make the second one smaller. I suppose they also get things included that Dems alone would not do.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  84. Kathy Hochul to speak soon.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  85. The celebrity endorsement record should be an embarrassment, but celebrities have good PR people for that and plenty of money to throw at social media influencers.

    steveg (ebe7c1)

  86. Kathy Hochul held a relatively brief abruptly ending press conference

    Notable points:

    1. She said she would “fight like hell” for New Yorkers and also how she fought on the streets for the $15 minimum wage.

    2. She kept on saying that Cuomo will be governor for the next 13 days. The idea seemed to be she wouldn;t go beyond her prerogatives.

    3. She said the 14 day delay was not her idea but she was going to take advantage of it to prepare. As Lt Gov she was ready to step in immediately.

    4. She noted that she has not been close to Governor Cuomo, not geographically and not in general. (paraphrase) She traveled a lot around the state.

    5. She had no knowledge of any of things in the report.

    6. Anybody involved in wrongdoing would not be part of her administration.

    7, When she leaves office, whenever that is, she doesn’t want anyone to say it was a toxic work environment.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  87. Don’t cry for me, New York voters
    The truth is
    I never groped them
    All through these many years
    My bold leadership
    I kept my hands off
    Don’t keep your distance

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  88. The New York State Assembly is stopping its impeachment inquiry, saying it has a legal opinion that they cannot impeach an elected official who is out of office.

    Like Mitcch McConelll.

    some complaining witnesses are outraged or whatever the right word is.

    Republicans are opposed.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)


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