Though the pandemic catapulted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) to media darling status last year, recent weeks have dealt him a series of blows that have some calling for his resignation, not the least of which are troubling sexual harassment claims lodged by former staffers.
Fox News personality Steve Hilton took the opportunity on Friday to blast Vice President Kamala Harris for her silence on the allegations against Cuomo, particularly in light of her aggressive tactics during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh in which she and other Democrats touted the importance of believing all female accusers.
The commentator’s critique of Harris came on the heels of revelations from ex-Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan, who has accused the governor of inappropriate conduct including kissing her without permission and asking her to play strip poker on a flight, as CBS News reported.
On Saturday, a second Cuomo accuser named Charlotte Bennett stepped forward and detailed her experiences as a high-level aide to the governor. According to the New York Times, Bennett claims Cuomo asked her inappropriate sexual questions that included whether she had “ever had sex with older men.”
Readers will likely recall that during the 2018 process of confirming Kavanaugh to the high court, then-Senator Harris played a prominent role in her party’s opposition to the Trump nominee, engaging in irrelevant “gotcha” lines of questioning in public hearings and eventually leading a made-for-tv walkout when the Senate Judiciary Committee debated moving Kavanaugh forward in the confirmation process.
Harris also capitalized on the Kavanaugh hearings as an effective political fundraising conduit, as the New York Post reported, cynically padding her campaign coffers for her ill-fated run for the White House.
According to Hilton, the stark contrast between Harris then and Harris now is proof that “there is nothing more important to her, no principal, nothing that she believes in, including this kind of abuse allegation that is more important to her than her own political prospects.”
Harris is not the only high-profile female on the political left to stay mum about the allegations against Cuomo, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and former Sen. Hillary Clinton among the typically outspoken feminist voices who have thus far declined comment.
Unfortunately, as is all too often the case, it appears that the seriousness with which these allegations of sexual misconduct are being treated by Democrats is being determined almost entirely by the political affiliation of the accused.