The calls for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) resignation steadily poured in from both sides of the political aisle on Tuesday, after it was announced by New York Attorney General Letitia James that her investigation concluded that he committed multiple acts of sexual misconduct toward a long list of women.
According to The Hill, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (NY) took those calls a step further after releasing a statement demanding that the embattled governor be arrested, in addition to his immediate resignation.
Her calls came after AG James, in a bombshell, televised announcement alongside two attorneys that worked on the investigation, revealed that Cuomo made “unwelcome and nonconsensual touching and making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women harassed several women, including someone who worked in his office.”
“No one is above the law and today justice must be served. Governor Cuomo must resign and be arrested immediately,” Stefanik said. She added that President Joe Biden should call for the governor’s resignation, which he did hours later during a televised speech, CBNC reported.
Not only has Stefanik steadily called for his resignation since the early stages of women coming forward and alleging sexual misconduct, but she has also made efforts to keep the scandal involving his handling of elderly COVID-19-positive patients in the public limelight.
The New York Republican reminded everyone that she was targeted for being vocal in her insistence that Cuomo was guilty of sexual harassment.
“The media and Democrats smeared me and closed ranks to protect Cuomo, a shameful chapter in New York history. All of them including his staff must be held to account. These brave women deserve swift and definitive justice,” Stefanik said Tuesday.
AG James announced that criminal charges against Cuomo wouldn’t be pursued by her office, saying instead that such actions would be left up to local police departments and state prosecutors.
Cuomo faced immediate backlash after countering the claims from the five-month-long investigation in a recorded, televised response, in which he denied the findings and attempted to clarify what really happened with some of the women.