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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Andrew Cuomo, the Goner

Our new book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics.  Among other things, it discusses state elections.

  Jonah E. Bromwich and Luis Ferré-Sadurní at NYT

A woman who accused Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of groping her breast in the Executive Mansion last year has filed a criminal complaint with the Albany County sheriff’s department, the sheriff’s office said on Friday.

The criminal complaint from the woman, an executive assistant whose name has not been publicized, increases the possibility that the governor could face criminal charges related to his behavior.

Legal experts have said that his conduct toward the assistant, as described in a 165-page report released by the New York State attorney general’s office this week, could be charged as forcible touching, a misdemeanor.

Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, has repeatedly denied ever inappropriately touching the woman, or any of the others who have accused him of sexual misconduct. On Thursday, he said he would cooperate with the State Assembly’s request for information as it concludes its investigation into his conduct and prepares to draft articles of impeachment against him.

Marina Villeneuve and Jennifer Peltz at AP:

A majority of state Assembly members support beginning impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo if he doesn’t resign over investigative findings that he sexually harassed at least 11 women, according to an Associated Press count Wednesday.

At least 86 of the body’s 150 members have said publicly or told The AP that they favored initiating the process of ousting the third-term Democratic governor if he doesn’t quit. It takes a simple majority to authorize an impeachment trial.

Casey Seiler at the Albany Times-Union:

In a joint statement released Friday morning, 41 county Democratic chairs called on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to "immediately resign" in the wake of a devastating report from the state attorney general's report that concluded the governor was a serial sexual harasser.

The statement comes less than 48 hours after the party's state chairman, Jay Jacobs, made the same call.