"Mario Cuomo showed me the benefits of being an irritable, thin-skinned and dismissive person. He showed me that arrogance ultimately works."
That is what Mario's son, Andrew, said about him in 2002.
Ironically, the arrogance that he acquired from his father was ultimately his demise.
The Cuomos will do anything to win and stay in power.
When Mario ran for mayor of New York City in 1977 against Ed Koch, posters appeared all over Queens, saying, "Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo." Cuomo's gay bashing didn't end there. He accused Koch of endorsing the right of gays to "proselytize," and even hired a private detective to find out who his "boyfriend" was.
Not to be outdone, Cuomo's campaign supposedly approached a Catholic group in Greenwich Village hoping it would publish a statement saying Koch was gay. It even agreed to pay for this claim. This kind of tactic defined Mario, and it can be argued it defines his son.
The New York Attorney General's report on Gov. Andrew Cuomo involves much more than the testimony of 11 women who say they were sexually harassed by him. In fact, 179 witnesses were interviewed by investigators.
What those investigators allege to have found is not pretty.
The investigators found that Cuomo and his aides allegedly helped enable "harassment to occur and created a hostile work environment." That alone, if true, is a violation of federal and state civil rights law, never mind what he is accused of personally doing to women.
Here are a few examples:
What kind of man, especially one in a position of superior power, and if such allegations are true, runs his hands down a woman's spine, kisses her, and asks why she is not wearing a dress?
This is not a "he said, she said" account: he allegedly did this in an elevator in front of others.
What kind of man, especially one in a position of superior power, (if the allegation is true) kisses and gropes a woman staffer, asking her to play "strip poker"?
What kind of man, especially one in a position of superior power, (if the allegation is true) asks a woman employee whether she ever had a relationship with older men?
Why would he tell her he was "lonely" during the pandemic and "wanted to be touched"?
What kind of man, especially one in a position of superior power, (if the allegation is true) subjects his executive assistant to unwanted hugs and kisses, including on the lips, and grabs her buttocks?
What kind of man, especially one in a position of superior power, (if the allegation is true) reaches under the blouse of another executive assistant and grabs her?
What kind of man, especially one in a position of superior power (if the allegation is true) rubs the palm of his hand on a state trooper's bellybutton while she opens the door for him?
Andrew Cuomo's arrogance explains why he is now feeling the intense heat of heightened scrutiny. It was he who pushed for an expansive sexual harassment law in 2019.
He bragged how New York is "the most aggressive state in the country on women's rights. Anything I can do on sexual harassment we will do."
He then got specific. "We will make it easier for claims to be brought forward and send a strong message that when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace, time is up."
Gov. Cuomo, if these accounts are true, your time is up.
You said your father showed you that "arrogance ultimately works."
Not this time.
Better get out of town before they take you out in cuffs.
Dr. Bill Donohue is president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. A former Heritage Foundation Bradley Resident Scholar, he has authored several books on civil liberties, social issues and religion. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. Read Bill Donohue's Reports — More Here.
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