A Democrat from New York started looking for a new job on Aug. 23.
Andrew Cuomo has officially finished up as governor of the Empire State. He took the opportunity to express dissatisfaction with the state Attorney General Office’s investigation of sexual harassment allegations against him.
“The attorney general’s report was designed to be a political firecracker on an explosive topic, and it worked,” he said in a video shared on C-SPAN.
Cuomo called state Attorney General Leticia James’s (D) report on the matter a political tool to oust him. He then indicated he would publicize his side of the story when the time is ripe.
“There was a political and media stampede but the truth will out in time,” he can be heard saying.
.@NYGovCuomo: "The attorney general's report was designed to be a political firecracker on an explosive topic. And it worked. There was a political and media stampede, but the truth will out in time."— CSPAN (@cspan) August 23, 2021
Full remarks: https://t.co/BfZnaQNsAl pic.twitter.com/k1svg7CQ2n
The remarks came after a full investigation into the Democrat’s professional conduct found him guilty of sexually harassing 11 female civil servants who worked with him.
Cuomo allegedly violated federal and state law while kissing, groping, or making unwanted sexual remarks about the women. He was also accused of retaliating against at least one of the complainants through leaking her private information to mainstream media.
Cuomo never agreed with the report findings despite apologizing for making “people feel uncomfortable.” He stressed he never touched anyone inappropriately.
“You know me: I am a fighter, and my instinct is to fight this, because it is unfair and unjust in my mind,” he said. “[I resigned because] prolonging this situation could only cause governmental paralysis.”
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has since been sworn in as New York’s first female governor. The 62 year-old promised a fresh start, and to never create a toxic work environment.
Cuomo previously hoped to outserve his late father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, who lasted three consecutive four-year terms. The 63 year-old has already fundraised millions to run for a fourth term, and his next career move is unknown.
“Given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let the government get back to the government,” he previously said. “Therefore that is what I will do because I work for you, and doing the right thing is doing the right thing for you.”
Senior aide Melissa DeRosa suggests the outgoing governor is postponing plans to run for public office for the time being.
The New York State Assembly has dropped an impeachment investigation, which would have examined his alleged harassment, mismanagement of nursing home deaths data, and exploitation of the state resources while writing his memoirs.