Cynthia Nixon, who challenged Mr. Cuomo for the Democratic nomination in 2018, stated: “Our marketing campaign saved saying that he pays all this lip service to girls’s rights, however his allyship was at all times a few quarter of an inch deep. It was at all times to present himself political cowl and seem like a caring ally, which was removed from the reality, clearly.”
As the MeToo motion swept America, Mr. Cuomo emerged as a clarion voice on the aspect of victims. He surrounded himself with superstar feminists and allied himself with the leaders of Time’s Up, the group based by Hollywood girls to combat sexual abuse and promote gender equality. He railed towards Republicans for pushing by means of the nomination of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, calling on Mr. Kavanaugh to take a polygraph check. And he trumpeted New York’s sexual harassment laws in 2019, saying it might “honor the ladies who’ve had the braveness to come back ahead and inform their story.”
All the whereas, nevertheless, in line with the state legal professional normal’s unbiased report, Mr. Cuomo was behaving privately in ways in which he condemned publicly.
“What modified is the regulation caught as much as everybody’s frequent understanding of sexual harassment,” stated Rita Pasarell, co-founder of the Sexual Harassment Working Group, a gaggle of former Albany legislative aides who pushed for the laws. “What hasn’t modified is highly effective individuals considering they’re above the regulation. And I believe that’s precisely the crux of what’s happening with Cuomo.”
Of course, it was Mr. Cuomo’s number of a feminine lieutenant governor that can result in Kathy Hochul’s being sworn in to succeed him, changing into New York’s first feminine governor, after 56 males, and solely the forty fifth lady to function governor of any state.
Ms. Hochul, who was largely ignored by Mr. Cuomo, will take the reins of state authorities within the midst of a resurgent pandemic and within the wake of a frontrunner who tightly managed state authorities for over a decade.
That’s not atypical, in politics or in enterprise. After males resign in scandal, feminine leaders are sometimes requested to scrub up the messes left behind.