“Given the sustained and brazen nature of his offenses, we believe it’s clear that Mr. Cuomo is not fit to continue serving as an attorney in the state of New York,” members of the Sexual Harassment Working Group wrote.
Cuomo’s case continues
Cuomo’s attorney, for her part, spent most of her briefing Thursday reiterating familiar arguments that the complainants are not credible.
Glavin griped that James did not investigate Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan’s message to former Empire State Development Czar Howard Zemsky threatening to “destroy [his] alive.” Zemsky, who had previously signed onto a letter saying he did not remember Cuomo asking Boylan to play strip poker, subsequently said under oath that he did recall such a comment.
Glavin also focused on what she characterized as James’ decision to “selectively slow roll the release” of the evidence against Cuomo.
When James was running for governor in November, she released the transcript of a trooper saying that an investigator told her he had seen the governor and a senior staffer kissing. She did not release the transcript in which the investigator denied this until after she ended her campaign the following month, Glavin argued.
“This was misconduct, and she misused state resources for political gain,” Glavin alleged.
Response from attorney general
James’ office ripped the latest allegations from Cuomo’s legal team.
“For months, Andrew Cuomo has been hiding behind his campaign lawyer and falsely crying ‘witch hunt’ despite previously admitting to this misconduct multiple times,” James’ office said in a statement.
“If he thinks he has a real legal case, he should go ahead and file it. These attacks are disgraceful and yet another desperate charade to mask the truth: Andrew Cuomo is a serial sexual harasser.”
Erica Vladimer, a leader with the Sexual Harassment Working Group, called it ironic that Glavin would point to a public officer who has been sworn to uphold the law and say they are being driven by political motivations.
Glavin “represents one of the most politically motivated people in the state of New York,” Vladimer said of Cuomo.
The letter from the working group noted that individuals like Albany County District Attorney David Soares have concluded that the accusations summarized by James are “credible.”