Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may reportedly be seeking elected office once more in retaliation to investigations.
Cuomo, 64, abruptly resigned from office last August after Attorney General Letitia James (D-NY) had opened an investigation into numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the Democrat.
Now rumors are circulating that the disgraced governor branded a “serial groper” may look to reclaim the attorney general’s office that he held from 2007 to 2010, according to a report on Sunday by the Wall Street Journal.
The outlet reported that the former lawmaker and his aides “are intensifying an effort to revive his public standing, including discussing how to make his first public appearance since resigning in August, according to people close to him.”
“Political operatives” who’ve communicated with the Cuomo camp have indicated that a run for attorney general against James may be in play, though Cuomo himself has not said anything to confirm.
“The people said Mr. Cuomo, who was attorney general from 2007 to 2010, never explicitly mentioned a campaign, but they inferred his interest based on the points he made about Ms. James and questions he asked about the state’s political climate. It is the former governor’s style to ask questions about his options as part of his decision making, the people said,” the outlet reported.
“He’s most interested in clearing his name,” NY state Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs told the Wall Street Journal when asked to comment on Cuomo’s future after reportedly sexually harassing 11 women.
“My advice would be, he needs time to pass before any moves to re-enter public life. But is that possible in the future?” Jacobs went on. “In America, anything’s possible.”
The harassment scandal that led to Cuomo’s resignation became known to the public when former aide Lindsey Bolan stated her claims against the governor in December 2020.
Cuomo denied all claims until James’ report was released wherein details like the alleged sexual assault of former aide Brittany Commisso were laid out.
Commisso had brought accusations to the police of Cuomo groping her breast in the executive mansion in November 2020. The district attorney of Albany County has since dropped the case citing lack of evidence.
Charges have also been dropped in two other New York districts after allegations of unwanted kisses on the cheeks of two women, one a state trooper.
Following James’ brief run for governor against incumbent Kathy Hochul (D-NY) that she had suspended after failing to raise enough money, Cuomo has quipped that for James, the title of AG actually stands for “aspiring governor.”
Cuomo recently shared a tweet from his former advisor Rich Azzopardi calling James, “a serial liar whose touted 11 cases have now been reviewed by Democratic & Republican DAs across the state & have resulted in 0 cases being brought.”
This sexual harassment case is only one of the scandals to have come up during the waning days of Cuomo’s administration.
Cuomo’s reputation has again been called into question amid the recent resignation of Jeff Zucker as CEO of CNN.
After disclosing a previously secret relationship with coworker Allison Gollust, many have called into question the frequent guest appearances that Zucker encouraged Cuomo to make on the network. Gollust was Cuomo’s communications chief in 2012 and 2013 and, according to the New York Post, Gollust and Cuomo “stayed friendly” after her departure.
CNN denies any conflict of interest while they are facing a lawsuit from the former governor’s brother and since-fired host on the network, Chris Cuomo.
An investigation has also closed into Cuomo’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fox News Digital reports.
Cuomo’s representative said, “after a thorough investigation – as we have said all along – there was no evidence to suggest that any laws were broken.”
This investigation was also opened by James after it was revealed that the NY Department of Health had underreported nursing home deaths by as much as 50%.
The nursing homes had been directed to accept COVID-19 positive patients under the direction of Cuomo’s administration.
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