After an independent inquiry into his apparent attempt to aid New York Governor Andrew Cuomo amid the former governor’s sexual harassment controversy, the Human Rights Campaign fired its president, Alphonso David, on Monday, Sept. 6.
The independent investigation found that David “engaged in a number of activities in December 2020, while HRC President, to assist Governor Cuomo’s team in responding to allegations by Ms. Boylan of sexual harassment. This conduct in assisting Governor Cuomo’s team, while president of HRC, was in violation of HRC’s Conflict of Interest policy and the mission of HRC.”
According to James’ report, when asked by Melissa DeRosa, former top secretary of state, David released a copy of Lindsey Boylan’s employment files, the New York Post reported.
Lindsey Boylan is a former aide to Cuomo who accused him of sexual harassment.
According to a person familiar with the HRC board’s decisions, David did not inform the organization that he was assisting Cuomo’s campaign.
David had accused the organization on Sunday of only calling for him to step down because of optics and not due to them finding any wrongdoing against him, the Hill reported.
“Despite the lack of any findings, the board co-chairs have now asked me to consider resigning, not because of any wrongdoing, but because they feel the incident has been a ‘distraction’ for the organization,” David said in a statement.
Joni Madison, the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, and Chief of Staff will take over as Interim President until a new president is found.