Andrew Cuomo

You Don't Need To Believe Andrew Cuomo's Accuser To Think He's a Terrible Governor

The New York governor should be disqualified from the U.S. attorney general job, even without a #MeToo-ing.

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A former staffer says that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo "sexually harassed me for years."

Lindsey Boylan, who is now running for Manhattan borough president, worked for the Cuomo administration from 2015 to 2018. In a series of tweets, she claimed that she was not Cuomo's only victim.

"I'm angry to be put in this situation at all," she wrote. "That because I am a woman, I can work hard my whole life to better myself and help others and yet still fall victim as countless women over generations have. Mostly silently. I hate that some men, like @NYGovCuomo abuse their power."

The claims did not go into specifics. Cuomo's office has denied the accusation.

Boylan, alas, has made it virtually impossible for the public to vet her claims, saying that she has "no interest in talking to journalists" about what happened.

While many progressive activists have long held that the claims of sexual assault survivors should garner something approaching automatic credulity, liberals tend to be somewhat more discerning when the accused is a Democrat. The media are certainly treading cautiously here; USA Today introduced the allegation with the important disclaimer than Boylan "has not yet provided any validating evidence."

This is actually the right way to handle evidence-free #MeToo declarations, and it would be better if it became the consistent standard moving forward.

If Boylan is not willing to go into greater detail, there just isn't much for the public to do with her claims. But there are plenty of other, legitimate and well-substantiated reasons to be angry with Cuomo: his denial of responsibility for some of the COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes, his draconian restrictions on restaurants and social gatherings, his bullying attitude toward people who struggle to practice social distancing, his hypocrisy, his comments casting doubt on the new COVID-19 vaccines, and on and on.

President-elect Joe Biden is apparently considering Cuomo for the position of attorney general. Unsubstantiated #MeToo allegations should not derail Cuomo's chances of landing that job—but given his appallingly bad leadership over the past year, he shouldn't even be a contender for it in the first place.

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  2. BELIEVE ALL WOMEN!

    1. Trump is never going to hire Cuomo to serve as his AG during second term of Trump 2021-2025.

      unreason just sounds unhinged.

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      2. “unhinged”

        Yeah, there’s a lot of that going around.

        1. It’s such a shame so many democrats are going to get themselves killed trying to usurp the government.

          1. Like anybody believes your fat ass is gonna get out of the chair and do anything.

            1. Give my regards to Garrett Foster shreeky.

    2. ….who accuse Republicans.

  3. Wonder if the media will ask Harris if they believe his accu…. HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHA

    Kamala Harris believed Joe Biden’s accusers — until she didn’t
    https://nypost.com/2020/08/12/kamala-harris-believed-joe-bidens-accusers-until-she-didnt/

    Harris beefed up her #MeToo credentials later, making it clear she doesn’t just believe women accusing Republicans of sexual assault. All women had to be believed, including those who ­accused prominent Democrats. At a campaign event in Nevada in April 2019, Harris discussed the allegations against Biden, declaring of the accusers: “I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it.”

    1. Willie Brown’s whore probably did, and does believe Tara Reade. She just doesn’t give a shit about justice, and she never did.

      -jcr

  4. Unsubstantiated #MeToo allegations should not derail Cuomo’s chances of landing that job—
    Paging Brett Kavanaugh!

  5. We have a sexual harassing governor of a big blue state. The president is a rapist. The president two democrats ago was a sexual harassing rapist.

    What’s with all the democrats and the sex crimes?

    1. I’m sorry the man in the Office of the President-Elect is a rapist.

      My bad.

      1. There is no such thing as “Office of the President Elect”.
        Certainly not before the Electoral College votes re counted and certified.

    2. Progressivism is a religion so immoral people can feel righteous without doing anything to deserve it

      1. Like winning Nobel Peace prizes.

        1. For doing squat.

          No disrespect to squat itself.

    3. What’s with all the democrats and the sex crimes?

      The anti-gay Republicans are too busy having consensual sex with men to bother with harassing women who don’t want it.

      1. Let’s deflect criticism by calling our rivals closet homosexuals, because even though we pander to them as a group, we still think it’s icky and ripe for ridicule.

        1. +1000

    4. Remember when they took down AL Franken? He said he was the fall guy for dems that did much worse, but their seats were contested

  6. “I’m angry to be put in this situation at all,” she wrote.

    “But I’m running for office, and I find it politically expedient.”

  7. Cuomo certainly fucked some grandmothers. Can we exclude him from national office for that?

  8. I’m getting so sick of liking Robby’s posts. There’s gotta be something wrong.

    Who are you, and what have you done with Robby Soave?

    1. Robby is great. I don’t know why you are so determined not to like him.

      1. He’s a vapid intellectual lightweight libertarian squiash and would have been an embarrassment to this publication 20 years ago when it still a shred of credibility, but he is admittedly the best they have on staff currently.

      2. Robby has changed dramatically since he first arrived. He isn’t the same writer he used to be, and it’s hard for people to forget what they read in the past. First impressions are hard to break.

        I’d hate to go back and look at the reports and analyses I generated when I was his age, when he first arrived on the scene. I didn’t need to learn from my mistakes in public while having tomatoes thrown at me from the comment section of Hit & Run (although public scrutiny may have helped!).

        Robby is now a good reason to subscribe. Let’s hope he can influence some of the other younger writers around here.

    2. I believe that with so many of us making fun of his “to be sures,” he actually did a bit of introspection. I haven’t seen a “to be sure” out of him in quite some time.

      1. Eventually the umpire gets really tired of being yelled at by the coach. He is increasingly less inclined to make an adverse call.

      2. Stockholm Syndrome. He has come to sympathize with the commenters who deride him.

        1. To be sure.

    3. Robby is just about the only reason to even read any stories here.

      1. You read the stories here?

  9. BELIEVE… ALL… WOMEN… (as long as the accusations don’t adversely affect the collective effort to rid the world of misogyny, racism, and bigotry. sometimes you have to leave a few rotten eggs unbroken to avoid spoiling the whole omelet.)

  10. malfeasance of the corporate press isn’t even a news story anymore. These articles are pointless as the people you are talking about are completely shameless. They should just be treated with contempt, pointing out hypocrisy serves no purpose at this point.

    1. They should just be treated with contempt, pointing out hypocrisy serves no purpose at this point.

      It never has and never really should. Rape would be okay as long as the rapist wasn’t previously opposed to rape? War would be okay as long as the warmonger wasn’t previously opposed to war?

      Hipocrisy is only a problem for people with (potentially obnoxious amounts of) principles.

  11. The media are certainly treading cautiously here; USA Today introduced the allegation with the important disclaimer than Boylan “has not yet provided any validating evidence.”

    This is actually the right way to handle evidence-free #MeToo declarations…

    Don’t you think the ‘right way’ would be to, idk, not report on it at all ? Stop giving these accusers or reporters any credibility.

  12. Her accusation is he grilled her on her appearance…how is that such a traumatic experience that she can’t bear to relive it in an interview? Not, that I’m not laughing my ass off that the crazies are eating their own again.

  13. “President-elect Joe Biden is apparently considering Cuomo for the position of attorney general.”

    I was thinking Cuomo deserves to be Surgeon General. Or at least something health-related. Because any honest reading of the data will show that his state has had, by far, the most successful response to the #TrumpVirus.

    #LibertariansForCuomo

    PS — His accuser is a mentally unstable liar, nowhere near as credible as someone like Julie Swetnick.

    1. Transitioning to a new goal under a new boss is always hard, but it seems to have struck particularly hard on you. My condolences.

      1. Still seems to be triggering you just fine.

      2. it was a solid double. fuck off, alphabet troll

  14. In the Cuomo family, Andrew is actually the Fredo.

    1. I believe that Andrew is the Sonny, a gruff hothead who makes all decisions based on raw emotion only. Chris is the Fredo.

      1. They’re actually all Fredo.

        1. Fredos all the way down.

  15. You Don’t Need To Believe Andrew Cuomo’s Accuser

    These words, all in a row… very problematic.

    1. Interesting. That was my first reaction too. Doesn’t that group of words tell its own story within the headline. Front and center.

  16. If only Robby weren’t so consistently partisan in his application of caution. To him Biden and Cuomo both deserve the benefit of the doubt because they’re fellow travelers but reading his reporting on Kavanaugh had a basic premise was he was guilty because there were so many ridiculous accusations.

    Fuck off proggy Robby. You and the rest of the propagandist journolisters are the fucking problem.

  17. “This is actually the right way to handle evidence-free #MeToo declarations, and it would be better if it became the consistent standard moving forward.”

    But we all know it won’t be. The standard will change again as soon as another Republican is accused, and everybody knows it.

  18. But is his accuser ‘credible’?

    1. Given her complaints are vague and made only through twitter, I’m going with no. If she has a real complaint, she should be in court.

      And I’m not saying she wasn’t harassed, but real accusations must be falsifiable to allow for a defense and so for hers are not.

    2. I noticed the lack of that.

      I guess she should’ve mentioned no place, year, time, or provide any corroboration for it to be credible.

  19. Oh good heavens. Andrew Cuomo as AG? Yuck.

    1. Heaven is not good or real you mindless bible-thumper.
      And Andrew Cuomo probably won’t be perfect as AG but who would be? Why don’t you offer a better suggestion for AG… I’m waiting.

      1. … still waiting.

        1. alright Check-mate, Chem-jeff.

          Enlightened Atheist: 1
          Chem-goof Wacky Bible-thumper: 0

        2. Judge Andrew Napolitano

      2. Wow, that came out of nowhere.

        1. Now you know how we feel.

        2. Still no logical or meaningful response? Idk why I expected better.

          Enlightened Atheist: 2

          Chem-dump Radical Flatulence: 0

        3. Sigh, I guess you’ve met your match in me. I’ve seen your threads with the Trump-tards here, you clearly will go on and on and on, and admittedly you do pretty well against them. But clearly you’re facing mentally deficient opponents.
          When matched with a rational liberal of superior intelligence you crumble like a chocolate chip cookie. Pro-tip: Keep trying, you’ll get there someday kid. If you want any advice, let me know. You could be great one day.
          Until then, you know where you stand.

          1. Mmmm, cookies.

          2. lol – you think too highly of yourself. I mean, it’s true Jeff is an idiot, but he may not reply to you because you’re an insufferable bore.

      3. Satan? Satan would be far better than Andrew Cuomo. Nicer, less pretentious and self-serving, and without a fake journalist brother as far as I know. Also, Satan didn’t go to Albany Law School.

    2. You voted for Biden Tubby. You always took the side of the democrats. ALWAYS. So I hope you suffer greatly under their rule.

      1. chemjeff is cytotoxic. He’s a Canadian. He can’t vote in US elections. Although this year, he probably did.

    3. Just like all of Biden’s picks. You reap what you sow Lefty Jeffy.

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  20. The New York governor should be disqualified from the U.S. attorney general job

    Cuomo, he’s not just New York’s problem…

  21. “—but given his appallingly bad leadership over the past year, he shouldn’t even be a contender for it in the first place.”

    And he just leaves it right there. I agree he horrid on many levels, but I opened this article to see a LIST.

    So here is mine:

    Killed thousands of nursing home residents never mind totally mishandling the pandemic; not so much as a gee I’m sorry about this.

    Using public agencies to attack organizations he does not like; if you are not in with the gov, anyone doing business with the State of NY better not loan you money or insure you

    Persecuting religious minorities as if it were Kristallnacht v2

    NY State budget deficit $63 billion, but he still got a raise [while everyone else below top admin does not]; asking for federal money because “we don’t have a shovel big enough to dig out of this deficit.” Much of which can be credited to his poor handing of the coronovirus and arbitrary business lock downs.

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  22. I see no problem with holding politicians to the standards that they have previously espoused even if I think those standards are stupid and wrong-headed. Making them face consequences for the stupid things they say is the only way to make them stop saying the stupid things in the first place.

    1. Legally, my argument would be that politicians and other government officials who violate (or advocate to violate) the constitutional rights of others should be deemed to have waived that constitutional right. For example, a crooked cop who violates the Fourth Amendment rights of a suspect may have his own home, car or person subsequently searched without warrant or defense. Cuomo argued against the presumption of ‘innocent until proven guilty’, therefore he loses the right to that presumption himself.

    2. Memories are short and selective. “The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.”

  23. I’m shocked!

  24. What’s with the gloves and masks? Fucken cynical pussies.

    As if we didn’t already know he and de Blasio are the worst duo (I submit Legault/Plante here in Quebec/Montreal. They’re right in line with those two assholes. Assholes abound), but his latest little bromance with the leprechaun lurking deep within the walls of CDC Fauci where they joked about who was De Niro and who has Pacino was about as appalling a display I’ve seen yet from those clowns.

    Completely disconnected from reality.

    And I meant that in an evil way.

  25. But Cuomo was anointed the Pandemic Hero (a.k.a the Anti-Trump) back in the Spring, and that cannot be shown as just politics, so any accusation against him has immediately got to be labeled as false, and never investigated.

  26. “While many progressive activists have long held that the claims of sexual assault survivors should garner something approaching automatic credulity, liberals tend to be somewhat more discerning incredibly hypocritical when the accused is a Democrat.”

    Fixed it.

  27. Wasn’t Andrew involved when Mario’s NYC campaign was “Cuomo, not the homo?” There’s your disqualifier!

  28. Why does everyone assume Cuomo made suggestive/positive comments about Lindsey Boylan’s looks…? Read between the lines of her statement….

    She says she might be “grilled about her work or harassed about her looks, sometimes both.”

    Everybody who’s watched one of Cuomo’s pressers knows he’s an abrasive A-hole…Rather than Cuomo saying, “You look sooo good today, honey!” it’s just as likely he’d say….”Your work sucks and that dress makes you look fat..!”

    Why would he do that…? Cause he’s a jerk and harassing subordinates is fun for him….

    This might not be a case of #Me2 at all…..maybe Ms Boylan sees Cuomo getting an Emmy and a talk of an AG appointment and she decided everyone should know the “Real” Mr C….

  29. Typo: “should garner something approaching automatic credulity”

    Should be “credibility”

  30. I know several people who have been gushing about Cuomo since the pandemic started and often comparing his potential for a presidency of his own to another former governor of NY popular in Democratic circles. Bringing up anything specific that he has done as governor tends to be met with a mix of the standard leftist shutdown techniques and Trumpian denials of reality through allegation or invoking the orange devil himself as justification.

  31. Sonny Cuomo as AG makes about as much sense as appointing Jack Kervorkian as Surgeon General.

  32. The issue is Cuomo is between the absolute race baiting far leftists from taking over the State so as bad as he is..he will get GOP/Conservative support and the big public sector units and crony class. He can’t lose and he knows it. Like many I am trying to flee the state before taxes get jacked up too much. I want Cuomo to stay in charge until I can get out of this hellhole…

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  34. #believeallwomen, right?

    Except when the accused is a Democrat.

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