Sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo by most of the major media remain obscured. Aside from the striking lack of interest compared to the charges made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the controversy arising from this confirmatory battle could raise difficult questions for Cuomo, who not only insisted that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford must be believed, but also requested that Kavanaugh make a polygraph investigation. It is not clear whether Cuomo will now follow his own standard and take a polygraph test arranged by others.
During the Kavanaugh hearing, various Democratic leaders publicly insisted that “women must be believed” when making allegations of sexual harassment and found Kavanaugh guilty before he or Ford actually testified. Senator Maxie Hirono publicly stated that Kavanaugh was not even entitled to a presumption of innocence. Indeed, Hirono insisted that men “just shut up” and accept the allegations.
The view that “women must be believed” changed the moment Joe Biden was charged with sexual assault and then refused to allow his sealed papers to be examined at the University of Delaware. All of a sudden, personalities like Nancy Pelosi and Governor Gretchen Whitmer insisted they believe Biden without checking such papers or even speaking to the alleged victim (a former Biden employee). Ethics experts like Richard Painter attacked those who suspected the prosecutor might be telling the truth to jeopardize the election. Others such as Rep. Iihan Omar, Linda Hirschman and Lisa Bloom came up with an even more surprising solution: They declared that Biden was clearly a rapist, but they would vote for him anyway.
The allegations of the former Biden adjutant Lindsey Boylan can be confirmed much easier. She said yes, [Cuomo] has sexually molested me for years. Many saw it and watched. I could never predict what to expect: would I be grilled at my work (which was very good) or bothered about my appearance? Or would they both be in the same conversation? That was the way for years. “
These are not decades old allegations with few, if any, witnesses. Boylan worked for the governor’s government from 2015 to 2018 and says there were many witnesses. In particular, the Kavanaugh hearing was in 2018.
To do Cuomo justice, I was surprised that Boylan made these grave allegations against Cuomo and then said that she would not speak to reporters about the details. She said on Twitter: “To be clear, I’m not interested in talking to journalists. My aim is to validate the experience of countless women and make sure the abuse stops. My worst fear is that this will continue. “It is hardly fair to Cuomo to declare him a molester and then refuse to support the allegations.
As with Kavanaugh, I believe that both sides need to be heard and that we shouldn’t assume that Cuomo is guilty on an allegation. However, some groups don’t wait. Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, has asked Cuomo to apologize (but especially not to resign) for harassing women. Other groups with the Me Too movement, Time’s Up and EMILY’s List, who initiated the calls with Kavanaugh, were conspicuously silent when the Democratic governor was accused.
The strongest case against Cuomo can be Cuomo. At the Kavanaugh hearing, Cuomo found Kavanaugh clearly guilty. He declared publicly
“Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the Supreme Court is a sad day for this country and will haunt us while he is on trial.
Today 50 senators are placing partisan politics over the sanctity of the nation’s highest court. In November, the American people can respond and make their voices heard.
In New York we will not waver or shrink. To Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and all sexual assault survivors, we believe you and we will fight for you. The FBI bogus investigation and the larger bogus investigation, that verification process, have inspired us to fight even harder for our shared vision for a better future for all.
We will not wait for our rights to be taken away. Here in New York, I vow to Roe v. Codify Wade within the first 30 days of my next term in office, strengthen our common sense weapons safety laws, and continue our progress in expanding access to quality, affordable health care. While extreme conservatives in Washington seek to lead this nation backwards, New York will lead the way forward. “
Cuomo was one of the loudest figures in calling for women to be believed. Then added Cuomo the Republicans who supported Ford in the hearing “ Cuomo stated, “A woman’s testimony is worth as much as a man’s. This shouldn’t be a controversial suggestion. ”