Guess who’s back? Cuomo breaks the silence and points his finger at the accused
In his first public speech since he was forced to leave office following numerous allegations of sexual harassment, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made no apologies as he listed the reasons he is no longer the executive branch of the Empire State.
Cuomo’s silence on the subject ended Sunday as he addressed God’s Battalion of Prayer in East Flatbush, NY, accusing everyone but himself of breaking culture from his victims’ sensitivities and even vultures within his own Democratic party.
Amazingly, and seemingly unwittingly, the former governor even seemed to admit that the impropriety that ousted him from office has persisted for decades. But what’s really changed in that time is that his victims — the women who were uncomfortable with his questions, actions and behavior — shared a “new sensibility.”
My behavior has been the same in public life for 40 years. … But that was actually the problem. Because for some people, especially younger people, there is a new sensitivity. Nobody has ever told me that I made them feel uncomfortable. I never felt like I was making anyone uncomfortable. I tried to do the exact opposite,” Cuomo said.
“But I was branded old-fashioned and out of touch, and told my behavior was neither politically correct nor appropriate. I accept that. Social norms evolve and they evolve quickly,” he added. “But I didn’t realize how quickly her perspective was changing. And I should have.“
the same article from the post quoted an anonymous former Cuomo employee as saying: “It’s nice of him to be in a church, but he really should try confession first.”
Confusingly, the ex-governor vacillated between apologies and blame for his departure from Albany. He said he was sorry and had apologized many times for his actions, adding he had “learned a very strong lesson” and “paid a very heavy price”. But then “the sharks” – his political opponents – said they smelled blood in the water and exploited the situation for their own political purposes.
“They made a report saying there were 11 cases against me,” Cuomo said. “Since last August, five prosecutors have been investigating reports of the 11 widely publicized violations of the law. And do you know how many of the 11 cases they brought up? [charges]?”
Cuomo then began counting backwards from eleven before shouting, “Zero, zero!”
He said the attorney general’s report on allegations of sexual harassment “did what it was meant to do…” and removed him from the governor’s mansion.
After that, Cuomo declined to speak to the media. His comments follow the release of a public television advertisement that launched last week:
As the commercial ends, the last words on screen are: “Political attacks won. And New York has lost a proven leader.”
The commercial also reveals that the ads are being paid for by Andrew Cuomo’s friends, leading many to believe that Cuomo is planning a quick return to politics and possibly a return as a New York executive.
Cuomo resigned from his post in August amid multiple allegations of improper conduct. Despite a report from the attorney general’s office that said the accusers’ complaints were credible and substantiated, a total of five prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against Cuomo.
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