While many Democratic leaders have proclaimed that women should be believed when alleging harassment or abuse by powerful men, the recent claims against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could challenge that position.
The Democratic governor was recently accused by a former staffer of years of sexual harassment — and now U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanick (R-NY) is calling for a formal investigation.
“Full, complete, and unbiased investigation”
Bombshell allegations against Cuomo came as the Associated Press reported that he was under consideration by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for the coveted position of U.S. attorney general.
As for Stefanik, her social media statement on the matter also included a reminder of Cuomo’s prior rhetoric regarding women who come forward with such claims.
She noted that the governor had called for a “full, complete, and unbiased investigation” into 2018 allegations involving New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who had been accused of physically abusing multiple women.
In that vein, Stefanik tweeted that she was “publicly calling for an independent investigation into the serious allegations of pervasive workplace harassment & verbal abuse by Governor Andrew Cuomo.”
She went on to share her belief that New Yorkers deserve a governor who lives up to his words on such matters.
“I could never anticipate what to expect”
As her multi-part Twitter statement continued, Stefanik included five previous statements Cuomo has made on the issue of sexual and other types of harassment.
Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo adviser, revealed her claims earlier this week in a tweet describing sexual harassment that began virtually as soon as she took the job.
“Yes, [Cuomo] sexually harassed me for years,” she wrote. “Many saw it, and watched. I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years.”
While Boylan insisted that she was “not the only woman” who has experienced Cuomo’s harassment, the governor flatly denied her accusations.
“It’s not true,” he said. “Look, I fought for and I believe a woman has the right to come forward and express her opinion and express issues and concerns that she has but it’s just not true.”