New York representatives Jerry Nadler and
Nadler claimed that Cuomo had ‘lost the confidence of the people of New York’ in a statement issued Friday as part of the coordinated effort by the state’s congressional delegation.
The twelve representatives who issued statements on Friday joined with Rep. Kathleen Rice of Long Island, who has been calling for Cuomo to step down since last week.
It means that 13 of New York’s 19 congressional Democrats have now demanded the governor resign.
On Friday, 30 women spoked to New York Magazine about their experience of bullying and harrassment in Cuomo’s office, adding to the allegations of sexual misconduct made by six women in the past weeks.
It comes after 59 Democrats in the state legislature on Thursday signed a statement demanding Cuomo step down and as
Shortly after the representatives issued their statements on Friday, State Senator Mike Gianaris revealed that the entire Democratic state senate delegation had also now agreed that Cuomo should resign.
New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gilibrand, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have not yet called for him to quit but have voiced support for the accusers and an investigation into the claims being led by state Attorney General Letitia James.
New York representatives Jerry Nadler and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday issued statements demanding governor Andrew Cuomo to resign amid sexual harassment claims
It comes after 59 Democrats in the state legislature on Thursday signed a statement demanding Gov Cuomo (pictured above) resign
Nadler claimed Cuomo had ‘lost the confidence of the people of New York’ in his statement issued as part of the coordinated effort by the state’s congressional delegation
AOC also released a statement to Twitter alongside Rep Jamaal Bowman
Nadler, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, claimed that the allegations made by six women against the governor have ‘made it impossible for him to continue to govern at this point’.
‘The bravery individuals have shown in coming forward to share their experiences with Governor Cuomo is inspiring, and I stand with them in support,’ Nadler, one of the highest-ranking members of Congress, added in a statement posted to
‘Governor Cuomo has lost the confidence of the people of New York. Governor Cuomo must resign.’
AOC also released a statement to Twitter alongside Rep Jamaal Bowman, another member of the party’s left-wing, in which they referenced both the harassment allegations and the nursing home COVID-19 deaths scandal.
‘After two accounts of sexual assault, four accounts of harassment, the Attorney General’s investigation finding the Governor’s admin hid nursing home data from the legislature & public, we agree with the 55+ members of the New York State legislature that the Governor must resign,’ AOC wrote in a tweet as she shared the statement.
As well as AOC, Nadler and Bowman, Reps. Mondaire Jones, Antonio Delgado, Yvette Clarke, Adriano Espaillat, Carolyn Maloney, Grace Meng and Nydia M. Velázquez issued similar statements at the same time.
It was the sharpest rebuke yet for the governor from inside his own party, where just a year ago he was being praised as a star for his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill
Other top New York Democrats such as Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand had not called for Cuomo’s resignation as of Friday morning.
They have both reiterated their support of an independent investigation into the sexual harassment which is being led by New York Attorney Leitita James.
Schumer, however, did take a swipe at Cuomo as he appeared at Mayor de Blasio’s press conference on Thursday and claimed that he was giving billion of dollars for new vaccine sites straight to New York City as the Big Apple sometimes doesn’t see funds it’s sent through the state legislature in Albany.
The New York Democrats who spoke out on Friday had previously said the supported AG James’ investigation but shifted their position as more women came forward this week.
‘I support those who spoke out about their stories and admire their courage. Thanks to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, women are emboldened to step forward,’ Congresswoman Maloney wrote in her statement Friday.
‘I join with Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins, my colleagues, and others who have called on Governor Cuomo to resign in the best interest of all New Yorkers.
‘We have come a long way, but now is the time to finally ensure that this generation’s courage stops harassment once and for all.’
Congresswoman Clarke said in her statement that she is now ‘in favor of a more expedited call to action’ regarding Cuomo.
‘These allegations have reached a level that I believe impedes the Governor’s ability to serve the people of New York State to the best of his abilities,’ Clarke said.
‘I remain confident that Attorney General Tish James has the resources, prowess, and ability to conduct a comprehensive and determinative report. However, I must join my colleagues in calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to step down.’
President Joe Biden has also not said that he believes the governor, a long-time friend and ally, should step aside. Vice President Kamala Harris has also not commented.
Biden has, however, voiced his support for Cuomo’s six accusers.
‘The president has known him a long time but that doesn’t matter in this scenario,’ White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Good Morning America on Friday.
‘I would say the president, VP, we all believe that every one of these women coming forward should be treated with respect, should have her voice heard.
‘It’s heard for me as a woman to read a lot of these stories and sometimes we wake up and there’s a new one, but we believe there there in an independent investigation that’s ongoing, led by the attorney general with supeona power and we certainly support that moving forward,’ Psaki added.