Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment accusers ripped the pinnacle of the state Democratic Party Tuesday for his “gross” resolution to name the disgraced former governor earlier than endorsing his successor — with one of many ladies demanding Gov. Kathy Hochul boot him from his submit.
Lindsey Boylan, the first of 11 ladies to accuse Cuomo of sexual misconduct, declared Tuesday that Gov. Kathy Hochul ought to transfer to “get rid” of state Democratic Party boss Jay Jacobs.
“The governor should absolutely get rid of Jacobs, and whether she does or not will be a litmus test of whether she is more interested in doing the right thing, or consolidating her own power,” Boylan, who has stated Cuomo harassed her repeatedly when she labored as a state financial improvement staffer, informed The Post.
Jacobs on Monday revealed that he had positioned a “courtesy call” to Cuomo out of “respect” earlier than publicly declaring that he’s backing the disgraced governor’s alternative in her potential 2022 major — a transfer critics decried as “unacceptable” and “preposterous.”
Asked by The Post if she would act on Boylan’s name for her to exchange Jacobs — who was appointed by Cuomo and acknowledged that he nonetheless speaks to him pretty usually — Hochul deflected, claiming she was too busy governing to be “distracted” by politics.
“I really don’t spend a lot of time speculating on what people are doing, I really don’t,” she insisted at a COVID-19 press briefing in Albany. “I don’t know how to convince you that I am not distracted. You know what I have on my plate.”
Cuomo chosen Jacobs to exchange Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown as his social gathering chair in 2019 and Hochul may pressure him out with ease if she desires, in response to sources accustomed to the method.
Hochul — who has just lately been hitting up donors doing enterprise with the state for what is anticipated to be a aggressive June 2022 major — went on to dismiss Jacobs’ gesture to the previous governor, who holds about $18 million in his marketing campaign account, as merely a part of pointless “chatter.”
“People want to start chatter and conversations and all kinds of distractions early on before we get closer to [the] election. I will not be distracted, because that is not good for the people of New York if I’m out there … trying to respond to it,” she stated.
“I don’t know what people are saying in that space because that’s not relevant to protecting the safety of New Yorkers.”
Ana Liss — who expenses Cuomo requested if she had a boyfriend, touched her again and kissed her hand whereas she labored for the then-governor from 2013 to 2015 — interpreted the Jacobs name as an indication that the sleazy, corrupt tradition in Albany has not been remodeled by Cuomo’s departure, because the new governor had promised.
“Not only is it inappropriate, the gesture looks and sounds like a status quo move as though the last 8 to 10 months never happened,” Liss informed The Post. “It’s a sign that there’s probably an undercurrent of key donors and decision-makers in the party trying to pivot back to the status quo in New York, which is gross, but ultimately unsurprising.”
She added, “It does not inspire confidence that things are changing.”
But the governor — who now faces a number of formidable challengers together with state Attorney General Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Mayor Bill de Blasio — has not solely spent her time on state authorities enterprise. Even earlier than taking workplace on Aug. 24, Hochul made her method across the fundraising circuit in the Hamptons.
More just lately, Hochul has referred to as movie producers and bigwigs within the authorized marijuana trade as a part of a fundraising blitz. Her marketing campaign is slated on Oct. 12 to carry a fundraiser on the Upper East Side, the place the asking value per admission is $15,000 to $50,000, The Post reported Monday.
And simply a few hours after insisting she’s not targeted on insider politics, Hochul’s marketing campaign introduced endorsements from 10 county chairs within the Empire State.
“It is truly humbling to receive endorsements that mark a stamp of approval on the work I’ve done to keep New Yorkers safe, tackle Covid-19 and beat back the Delta variant, and ensure New York’s economic recovery. I look forward to continuing this work to earn the support of all New Yorkers,” she stated within the ready assertion.
Her try and downplay Jacobs’ head-scratching transfer comes after Hochul was equally tight-lipped about it on Monday.
Hochul, when requested about Jacobs’ Cuomo name, informed reporters she had nothing to do with Jacobs’ “courtesy call” and that she was “proud” of receiving his endorsement.
“I’m happy to have the support of Jay Jacobs,” she stated at an occasion in Brownsville. “I’m proud to have the support of Jay Jacobs.”
“I’m not involved in that,” she added. “I’m truly not.”