Andrew Cuomo says quitting would be 'antidemocratic' as 50 lawmakers call for Governor to resign over harassment claims
EMBATTLED Andrew Cuomo said quitting over harassment claims made against him would be “antidemocratic”.
The New York Governor’s comments were made during a news briefing after two more women came forward over the weekend to accuse him of inappropriate behavior.
Democrat strategists have questioned if Gov Cuomo can survive his "harassment" scandal — as he refuses to quit after five accusers have spoken out.
Meanwhile, a total of 37 lawmakers from either the Assembly or state Senate want him to resign, and 10 have called for impeachment, Fox News reports.
Yesterday, Cuomo told reporters on a conference call: "I’m not going to resign because of allegations.
"The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually antidemocratic.
"We’ve always done the exact opposite — the system is based on due process and the credibility of the allegations."
The premise of resigning because of allegations is actually antidemocratic
Cuomo said on Wednesday he had no intention of resigning and will instead allow an investigation overseen by state Attorney General Tish James to take place.
On Saturday, two more women who worked for Cuomo publicly accused him of inappropriate behavior, on the heels of other allegations in recent weeks.
They are former employees Ana Liss, 35, and Karen Hinton, 62, made claims this weekend as well.
Three other accusers, former aides Charlotte Bennett, 25, and Lindsay Boylan,36, as well as another woman Anna Ruch, had previously come forward with allegations against Cuomo.
Bennett said the governor would ask her inappropriate questions about her sex life, while Boylan said he kissed her on one occasion, and brought up playing strip poker on another
Ruch said the governor grabbed her cheeks and asked to kiss her at a wedding, and that it was the first time they'd ever met.
Cuomo responded to the "harassment" claims earlier this week and revealed he was "embarrassed."
During a remote briefing mid-week, Cuomo said: "I understand sensitivities have changed, behaviors have changed, and I’m going to learn from it."
Cuomo said on Wednesday, according to his rep: "You know, my usual custom is to kiss and to hug and make that gesture.
"I understand that sensitivities have changed and behavior has changed, and I get it. And I’m going to learn from it."
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