New York state’s top female official Sunday denounced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who abruptly resigned after reported accusations that he physically abused four women — saying the alleged violence was inexcusable.
In an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul called the alleged behavior “a betrayal of women all across our state.”
“What is most astounding [is I] saw him at many events championing the rights of women,” Hochul said. “That is why this is a particularly stunning development for people like myself, and indeed a betrayal of women all across our state.”
“This is particularly egregious because it is so hypocritical,” she said.
Asked if she believed the causative problem may have been alcoholism — two of the women alleged the assaults followed bouts of drinking — Hochul pushed back.
“I don’t even care if there’s alcohol involved or drugs or anything,” she said. “There’s just no excuse. No tolerance. No excuses.”
Hochul said Schneiderman committed “one of the most egregious sins” against voters.
“Your constituents expect you to be consistent, and not to lead a dual life where you feel you can publicly talk about issues, and embrace them, and make people feel that you are on their side,” he said. “Then in your private life [you] do everything that basically destroys that image and physically harms women.”
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