Well, if the bloom were not already off the rose for the left’s love affair with Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, surely new allegations of sexual wrongdoing from former staffer Lindsey Boylan will do the trick. Cuomo, already under fire for having covered up COVID nursing home deaths in the state and being called upon to resign by a Democrat in the state legislature, now has to weather the fury of the #MeToo movement…assuming he doesn’t escape hot water via the Magic Democrat Card. It’s too early to say for sure.
Boylan first made her allegations against Cuomo in December, when she learned that he was under consideration to be the next U.S. Attorney General. But she expanded on those allegations in a Medium post on Wednesday, in which she accused Cuomo of abusing his power in an effort to touch her “lower back, arms, and legs,” and even planting a kiss on her when they were alone in his office.
Boylan, who was the chief of staff at New York’s economic agency, said in the post that Cuomo almost immediately took an “uncomfortable” interest in her. “My boss soon informed me that the Governor had a ‘crush’ on me.” She said that Cuomo sent her a message to look up pictures of his ex-girlfriend to see how much she and Boylan looked alike.
“The Governor began calling me ‘Lisa’ in front of colleagues,” she wrote. “It was degrading.”
Back in December, Boylan accused Cuomo of having “sexually harassed me for years.”
“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,” she wrote.
Boylan, recounting some of the specific episodes in which Cuomo made her feel uncomfortable, also wrote about the time the governor suggested playing “strip poker” with her while on a flight.
On Wednesday, Cuomo’s office denied the allegations.
“As we said before, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false,” press secretary Caitlin Girouard said in a statement.
In response to Boylan’s allegations, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) called on the governor to step down.
“Sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the workplace is not a political issue, it is about right and wrong. Governor Cuomo must immediately resign,” Stefanik tweeted. “Any elected official who does not immediately call for his resignation is complicit.”