A group of self-described “Cuomosexuals” has formed a Facebook page called “Women for Governor Cuomo” to show support for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after more than a half-dozen women came forward in recent months to accuse him of sexual misconduct.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the private Facebook page was set up about a month ago, adding that members of the group have also been inundating a state hotline set up for women to report allegations against the Democratic governor.
Some members of the group have also urged others to confront Cuomo’s accusers online while attending pro-Cuomo rallies and funding ads that support him, the paper reported.
There are more than 1,1oo followers in the group, most of whom are women over the age of 55. Some of them have said they’ve called the hotline to leave messages defending Cuomo.
“Support for the governor is what brought us all together,” Pamela Morley, 41, an upstate theater director who is one of the page’s moderators, said, according to the WSJ.
Allegations against Cuomo range from sexual harassment to inappropriate touching and speech. The first woman accuser, former aide Lindsey Boylan, who is now running for Manhattan Borough president, wrote on Twitter in December: “Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched. 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.”
Supporters of Cuomo earned the moniker “Cuomosexuals” for their fawning praise of him during his daily COVID-19 briefings last summer, appearances which actually earned him an Emmy Award in November.
But by early March, the number of allegations had grown to a point where New York Attorney General Letitia James could no longer ignore them. She appointed Joon H. Kim, who once served as acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, as well as Anne L. Clark, an employment discrimination attorney, to investigate.
“We are committed to an independent and thorough investigation of the facts,” said James said in a statement announcing the probe.
“This work will be comprised of — but not limited to — issuing subpoenas and related compliance; examination of relevant documents and records; interviews, including formal depositions; and analysis of data and information pertinent to the investigation,” the statement continued, adding that when the investigation is complete, the AG’s office will release a report to the public.
For his part, Cuomo has regularly and vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
Last week, during a coronavirus briefing in Binghamton, Cuomo responded matter-of-factly when he was asked by a reporter if he had ever “touched people.”
“Have I touched people? Yes,” he responded, according to the New York Post. “Of course, you touch people,” he continued, adding that he has shaken hands with people and so forth.
But he denied that his actions were threatening or harassing.
“I didn’t touch them inappropriately,” he claimed.
When asked again about a female aide who accused him of groping her while they were alone in a room inside the Executive Mansion in Albany, he repeated: “I told you, I never touched anyone inappropriately.”
As for the Facebook fan page, the WSJ noted that it was not set up strictly to defend Cuomo.
“Love seeing the sun in his face,” one woman wrote as she posted pictures of him at an outdoor press conference, the WSJ reported.
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