New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is hardly shy about expressing an opinion about fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the scandal-ridden governor of the Empire State.
The ultra-liberal de Blasio, who has a long-running feud with the governor over various public policy issues, said in a local radio interview that Cuomo’s alleged sexual harassment of two former female aides metaphorically perhaps gave him an upset stomach, Fox News reported. He also implied that this alleged misconduct is consistent with Cuomo’s overbearing personality in private.
“It sickened me, it sickened me. The thought of a powerful man trying to take advantage of his power, intimidate a young woman and just the sense that he was treating her like — again these are allegations and we need a full investigation — but if that was what truly happened it was like he was treating her like she was his property. Just disgusting, creepy,” de Blasio asserted.
Cuomo has denied the allegations, countering that that he was merely making jokes and being playful. “Sexual harassment is not funny,” de Blasio insisted, however. “Who the hell tries to explain that by saying I was just joking around?”
“I’ve seen him be abusive in a way that would not be accepted by anyone in leadership,” he added.
Cuomo and de Blasio have locked horns on the COVID-19 pandemic response and a host of other matters, so it may be payback time.
“For the uninitiated, Cuomo and de Blasio have been at odds since the mayor took office in 2014. Some of the tension derives from the natural friction between the office of the governor and the office of the mayor. Mayors control a massive municipal budget, but governors have the ability to overrule the mayor on virtually anything,” the far-left Nation magazine explained in an article that cataloged the ways Cuomo allegedly asserted his authority over how the Big Apple is run.
During a presser, de Blasio didn’t let up on the grandstanding governor; watch the clips embedded below.
“I think when someone’s done something wrong, they need to say ‘I did something wrong’ and decide what action they are going to take as a result. But it’s even more horrible if it’s something like sexual harassment, or taking advantage of high office in intimidating the young woman, to laugh it off is even more troubling,” he said.
“That’s not a laughing matter. So, you know, people who have done something wrong need to admit it, and then talk about what needs to change. And I certainly didn’t hear that.”
When a reporter recalled de Blasio’s 2015 criticism of Cuomo harboring vendettas against people, the mayor seemed to come back to the theme of an alleged pattern of intimidation and bullying by the governor, including in connection with the nursing home scandal. He implied that more individuals in the longtime governor’s orbit, in addition to Assemblyman Ron Kim, will come forward.
“Look, again, I don’t know why he’s done these things he has done over the years, but he has. I was talking about 2015 because, to me, that had become unacceptable, and it was important to bring it out into the open,” de Blasio said.
“I think more and more people are going to be talking about what they have experienced, and I think as people see more and more evidence, it’s going to be clear this is not the way any leader should treat anybody. What these two women went through is absolutely unacceptable,” he added.
“But what Ron Kim went through having his life — you know having career threatened — I mean, again, just look at this pattern of abuse. It’s unacceptable. So, I think a lot of truth is coming out; I think more truth will come out,” the mayor said.
In addition to bipartisan calls for his resignation over the harassment allegations, which are now being investigated by the state attorney general, Gov. Cuomo is also in hot water, including potential impeachment, for the alleged coverup of the above-referenced COVID-19 death toll stemming from his catastrophic order sending thousands of coronavirus-infected patients into nursing homes.
The mayor has “called on the New York state legislature to revoke Cuomo’s [pandemic-related] emergency powers amid the scandals,” Fox News added.
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According to columnist Michael Goodwin of the New York Post, the flood gates are opening. “Cuomo centralized power like no governor in modern times and came to see himself as untouchable…The clamor against him has been slow to build largely because New York is run exclusively by Dems, most of whom would have instantly called for Cuomo’s head if he were a Republican. Their hesitancy is also owing to the governor’s reputation for taking retribution on even the mildest critics.
“So the mere fact that the accusers and critics are coming forward marks a turning point that puts him in jeopardy,” he added. “Fewer and fewer people are afraid of him.”
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