Cuomo under pressure to quit as third woman alleges harassment


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was fighting for his political life on Tuesday after a third woman accused him of sexual harassment.

The Democrat has suffered a spectacular fall from grace since he became a national star last year for his handling of the state’s coronavirus pandemic.

Many commentators had tipped him for a role in President Joe Biden’s administration but now members of his own party are calling for his resignation.

Already facing heat over accusations he deliberately underreported Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes, Cuomo referred himself for investigation Monday over sexual misconduct allegations by two former aides.

Hours later, Anna Ruch, 33, told the New York Times that she met the now 63-year-old Cuomo at a wedding in September 2019.

During the reception, he put his hand on her bare lower back — which she pushed away — and asked if he could kiss her.

“I was so confused and shocked and embarrassed,” Ruch, who did not work for Cuomo, told the Times. “I turned my head away and didn’t have words in that moment.”

The newspaper published a photo showing the governor holding a visibly uncomfortable Ruch by the cheeks.

Democrats and Republicans have joined Cuomo’s accusers and anti-harassment campaigners in calling for the three-term governor to quit.

The scandal engulfing Cuomo illustrates how allegations of sexual harassment gain traction in the #MeToo era.

“If these allegations are true, he cannot govern,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a long-time rival of Cuomo’s.

Sam Abrams, a political science professor at Sarah Lawrence College, said the third accuser “makes it much harder” for Cuomo to stay around.

“He is a fighter and will clear his name if it’s believed to be a misunderstanding,” Abrams said.

“But if he loses the support of the party, and that is happening, he has no future or fourth term.”


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