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Sprinkles from the Left

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“A 165-page report released Tuesday by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) paints a damning portrait of behavior by Mr. Cuomo and his senior staff…

Mr. Cuomo nonetheless seems to think he can tough out the scandal — staying in office and even running for a fourth term — with his characteristic bravado and bullying. On Tuesday, he again denied that he ever touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. During his interview with investigators, he suggested the complainants were motivated by politics or animosity, and he attacked the investigation as a ploy by Ms. James as she lays the groundwork for a possible gubernatorial run…

Make no mistake: What the witnesses described was sexual harassment…

It is dispiriting to read in the report how the governor’s staff, acting either out of loyalty or fear, cosseted the governor and enabled his behavior. Even when they took action — transferring to another office a female assistant who had complained, or trying to prevent the governor from ever being alone with a woman — they seemed more intent on protecting him than the women he was allegedly victimizing.

While the report claims that Mr. Cuomo violated state and federal laws, Ms. James did not make a criminal referral. She said the report is public, and police and prosecutors can follow up. Certainly, it gives the Democrats who control the state legislature an obvious road map for impeachment.”

Editorial Board, Washington Post ($ or try incognito)

“Last winter, after the first wave of accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York came to light, this board called for an investigation to run its course and for legal authorities to carry out the slow and careful work of separating allegations from evidence. At the same time, we questioned whether Mr. Cuomo could continue to serve as the state’s leader…

The answer, which came on Tuesday in the form of a thorough and damning report by the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, is a decisive no…

First, Mr. Cuomo may yet face legal consequences for his alleged actions, which include a yearslong pattern of “unwelcome and nonconsensual touching,” “offensive comments” and other improper behavior toward at least 11 women, several on his staff.
Second, regardless of what may happen in a court of law, the governor has only one conscionable option left: He should resign…

Mr. Cuomo has always had a self-serving streak and been known for his political bullying. He also has used those traits to be an effective politician and, in many of his achievements as governor, won the public’s trust. What this report lays out, however, are credible accusations that can’t be looked past…

If Mr. Cuomo cares for the well-being of the state and its citizens as much as he has said he does over the years, he needs to do the right thing and step down.”

Editorial Board, New York Times ($)

Sprinkles from the Right

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“We’re about to find out if Democrats believe what they say about having no tolerance for sexual harassment. If they do, then they have little choice other than to move to impeach Andrew Cuomo as Governor of New York…

No corporate CEO, or even a junior executive, would survive in the job amid the trail of bullying, groping, leering, unwanted kissing, and suggestive come-ons recorded in the report by six lawyers at two law firms…

Mr. Cuomo denies some of the allegations and explains others as the too affectionate style of an old-school man. He says the women misinterpreted what he meant as compliments.

That’s hard to believe when there are so many accusers and the report cites others who described an office culture that was “filled with fear and intimidation” and “contributed to the conditions that allowed the sexual harassment to occur and persist”…

The report has triggered calls from Democrats for Mr. Cuomo to resign, including by President Biden on Tuesday. But this is pro forma outrage. They know he’s staying in office unless forced out, and that he plans to run for a fourth four-year term next year. He has adopted the Donald Trump-Bill Clinton strategy of deny and stonewall until people forget.

If Democrats have the courage of their convictions, they’ll call on the Legislature to start impeachment proceedings. Make the case for why the verdict of voters should be short-circuited with specific charges and evidence. This would give Mr. Cuomo’s lawyers the chance to defend him against the allegations and to cross-examine his accusers. Anything less will mean giving Mr. Cuomo—and themselves—a pass.”

Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal

“It’s time for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to do one honorable thing: step down. If he refuses, lawmakers should remove him. Pronto.

The case for his departure — whether voluntary or forced — was clear long before state Attorney General Letitia James released her damning report Tuesday. Now there’s no longer any excuse for delay…

James’ report recounts troubling tales from 11 separate women involving action that Cuomo himself would blast if the accused were a Republican or some other enemy…

Let’s face it: It’s going to be impossible for the governor to continue running New York government — especially at such a crucial moment — following James’ report alone. Yet as bad as the findings are, they don’t even touch on his numerous other scandals — most notably, his order for nursing homes to accept COVID-contagious patients, and then his coverup of the actual number of residents of those homes who died of the disease.

New Yorkers need a governor they can look up to, someone they can trust as honorable, honest and decent. Cuomo has shown he’s not up to it. It’s long past time for him to go.”

Editorial Board, New York Post