NEW York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in hot water after he was accused of sexual assault by multiple women.
Attorney General Letitia James’ office released a bombshell report detailing alleged instances where Cuomo engaged in “unwelcome and nonconsensual touching” with his accusers.
Who could replace Governor Andrew Cuomo?
Governor Andrew Cuomo is being called to resign after an investigation concluded that he allegedly sexually assaulted women while in office.
If Cuomo were to resign, Lieutenant Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul would take over.
However, During a press conference on Tuesday, Cuomo denied the allegations and refused to step down.
A growing number of politicians, including President Biden have called for his resignation.
Cuomo has previously denied that he would resign and declared his innocence on May 3, 2021.
“I’ve already told New Yorkers where I am I did nothing wrong, period. I’m not resigning and I’m doing my job every day,” Cuomo said.
Attorney General James took to the podium on August 3, 2021, to address Cuomo’s allegations following investigations dating back to March 2021.
“Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed several women, many of whom were young women,” she said, adding that it was a violation of state and federal law.
She then went on to add that Cuomo also created a “toxic workplace” where he allowed “harassment to occur.”
James’ investigation revealed, “a deeply disturbing, yet clear picture” and “conduct that corrodes the very fabric and character of our state government and shines light on the injustice that can be present at the highest levels of government.”
Who is Kathy Hochul?
Kathy Hochul is an American lawyer and politician.
She has been serving as the lieutenant governor of New York since 2015.
Hochul was previously the US Representative for New York’s 26th congressional district from 2011 until 2013.
She was the first Democrat to represent the district in 40 years.
The 62-year-old first got her start as an aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Hochul then was elected to the board of Hamburg, a small town with a population of less than 60,000 south of Buffalo.
How would Kathy Hochul make history?
If Hochul were to take over Cuomo’s position, she would become New York’s first female governor.
After she lost reelection, she was tapped by Cuomo in 2014 as his running mate.
In 2018, she narrowly beat then-New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams in the primary, just a few weeks after Cuomo had spoken with her to run for Congress again instead of on his ticket.
Although a Democrat, she’s further right than her party’s peers.
During her 2012 Congressional race, the NRA endorsed her, one of a seldom few Democrats to have been endorsed by the gun lobby.
Hochul previously chaired Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses.
She tweeted a statement on August 3 about the attorney general’s findings.
She called Cuomo’s behavior “repulsive & unlawful.”
“No one is above the law. Under the New York Constitution, the Assembly will now determine the next steps,” Hochul wrote in a tweet.
“Because Lieutenant Governors stand next in the line of succession, it would not be appropriate to comment further on the process at this moment,” she concluded.
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