‘This is a bad guy’: Biographer says Cuomo ex-wife spoke about ‘abuse,’ slept in locked bathroom

Scandal-ridden Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo allegedly abused his ex-wife, RFK’s daughter Kerry Kennedy, who as the marriage deteriorated, supposedly had to sleep in the bathroom with the door locked, according to someone in her circle. Separately, one of Kerry’s family members at one point allegedly described Cuomo as “a bad guy” and “a bully.”

 

Writing in Vanity Fair about the governor’s generally belligerent manner, Cuomo biographer Michael Shnayerson claims that after Cuomo abandoned his try for the Democrat nomination for governor in 2002, Kerry Kennedy demanded a divorce, which she had wanted for about a year previous.

“They were living separate lives, but for six months Andrew refused to leave the house or respond to her lawyers. On more than one night during that period, Kerry slept in a locked bathroom, according to a source close to the family, who recounted instances of physical abuse. ‘I’ve been a human rights activist, and for women who have abusive husbands,’ Kerry told a friend, ‘and here I am enduring this abuse.'”

 

Kennedy’s ongoing issues with her high-profile spouse “were strictly personal,” the author claims.

“He hadn’t done the modest things she had asked of him as the father of their daughters: visiting their schools, for one; reading a book on parenting, for another. ‘Kerry was done being ridiculed and belittled,’ said someone close to the couple. ‘Either Andrew would work on the marriage or he wouldn’t, and the two would divorce.'”

 

After they separated, the trajectory apparently was unchanged, according to a Shnayerson source. “He [was] constantly sticking it to her…telling her he can’t make Christmas plans until December, so she can’t make hers. There’s a million ways for a single parent to make the other parent’s life miserable, and he played that game.'”

According to a Cuomo spokesman quoted by Shnayerson, “The divorce was over 15 years ago and was tabloid fodder for weeks with all sorts of untrue rumors circulating. Time has proven them all false. Andrew is a great father, and his daughters will be the first to say that Kerry and Andrew have been great co-parents—and time showed those who spread the rumors‎ were actually the problem.​”

As yet, Kerry Kennedy has not made any public comment about the Vanity Fair allegations.

The article also claims that Cuomo has a track record of mistreating subordinates and belittling political rivals.

During the marriage, as alluded to above, Cuomo and his wife, who were married from 1990 to 2005, were frequent guests at the Kennedy compound in northern Virginia, Shnayerson recalled, but the politician supposedly never loosened up.

“‘Andrew refused to do anything fun,’ said one Kennedy sibling, ‘anything without a clear benefit to his career.’ Eventually, several of the Kennedys, according to the sibling, just gave up on Andrew Cuomo. ‘We tried to be gracious, but…it turned on his lack of humanity. That’s where I started to think, This is a bad guy. He’s just a bully.'”

 

With seven (so far) women coming forward to lodge sexual harassment complaints, many national and state Democrats have called for Cuomo to step down, which he has refused to do. The state attorney general has launched an investigation, and the Democrat-controlled state legislature has taken preliminary steps toward a potential impeachment

The three-term governor is also under investigation for allegedly covering up the massive nursing-home death toll as a result of his disastrous decision to send COVID-positive patients into those facilities. This occurred while he was grandstanding about what a great job he did in handling the pandemic.

On Friday, March 12, Cuomo inexplicably claimed that outside status because he isn’t part of the political club. Cuomo benefitted from many connections, however, not the least of which is following on the legacy of his dad Mario Cuomo, who also served three terms of governor. Andrew Cuomo was the Housing and Urban Development Secretary under Bill Clinton, New York attorney general, and then governor. If that resume isn’t an exemplar of the political establishment, what is?

Unlike many of her colleagues in the U.S. House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not explicitly called for Cuomo to resign, although the subtext may indicate otherwise as the pressure mounts.

On ABC’s This Week, the California Democrat remarked that “the governor should look inside his heart — he loves New York — to see if he can govern effectively.”

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