Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received more bad news over the weekend as two former staffers came forward with sexual harassment allegations against him, just days after three others made similar claims.
The pressure against the governor is mounting, as even die-hard Democrats around the country support a New York Attorney General-led investigation into the allegations, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer who said she believes the accusations are “very serious,” The Daily Caller reported.
“We have to take action”
Whitmer joined a number of Democrats in voicing support for an investigation into the multiple allegations of sexual harassment against the embattled governor by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the host played a clip of accuser Charlotte Bennett — a former Cuomo aide — and asked the Michigan governor whether she thought Bennett’s description of the events constituted sexual harassment.
“Well, I think the allegations here are very serious and need to be taken seriously,” Whitmer replied. “And I do think that an impartial, thorough, independent investigation is merited and appropriate.”
When Whitmer was asked if she believes Cuomo is guilty, she said an investigation must completed first but said that the five women’s accusations “resonate” with women across America.
“[W[hatever is appropriate in terms of accountability should follow. I think it wouldn’t help anyone for me to prejudge where this is headed,” she added.
“Cuomo must resign”
Other Democrats were more absolute in their reaction to the latest allegations, including New York state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D).
“For the good of the state Governor Cuomo must resign,” Stewart-Cousins wrote in a statement on Sunday.
Over the weekend, former Cuomo administration policy and operations aide Ana Liss claimed that between 2013 and 2015 Cuomo touched her, kissed her hand and repeatedly asked questions about her personal life.
Karen Hinton, another former staffer, said that when Cuomo led the New York Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2000, he hugged her repeatedly and inquired about her marriage during an encounter in a hotel room.
On Sunday, Cuomo again insisted that he will not resign, The Hill reported. Nevertheless, with the mounting pressure from inside his own party, his days as the New York governor may be numbered.