Andrew Cuomo vindicated? Only in his delirious, dirty mind

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Vindicated?!?

It’s the blink of an eye since Andrew Cuomo resigned — yet for Cuomo himself, the five months since his forced resignation is clearly a lifetime. Wouldn’t you know: He’s gone from #MeToo scourge to political martyr.

“I never resigned because I did something wrong,” Cuomo told Bloomberg News. “I said I’m resigning because I don’t want to be a distraction,” adding the dubious, data-free self-report that he’s been “vindicated.”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We are living in a horror movie where no monster is ever slain. They just keep popping back up like the soulless zombies they are, trying to terrorize us into submission.

It’s no surprise Cuomo wants elected office again. It’s all he’s been bred to do. What else is there — lobbying? Sure, but that’s not what Andrew Cuomo’s about.

He’s only about power — always has been. Amassing it, wielding it, bullying with it, using it to harass and demean women in his employ, and forcing over 10,000 elderly nursing home residents to their certain COVID deaths while accepting an Emmy and a $5 million book deal as the face of COVID leadership.

Truly, Cuomo should consider himself lucky that the latter scandal hasn’t landed him behind bars. He should embrace that unearned good fortune and slink off.

But here he comes, like so many #MeToo’d men before him, using a playbook that no longer works: Cuomo, sexual dinosaur that he is, didn’t understand he was crossing a line. Especially with women young enough to be one of his daughters.

To which any sensible person circa now would say: If Cuomo can’t tell when he’s making female subordinates uncomfortable by prodding them about their sex lives or telling them, as he did one, that he was looking for a girlfriend who can “handle pain” or by touching, groping and kissing them against their will — well, why should we trust him with all that power?

New York Attorney General Letitia James' probe found that Cuomo sexually harassed several women while in office.
New York Attorney General Letitia James’ probe found that Cuomo sexually harassed several women while in office.
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Last year’s highly detailed, damning attorney general’s report found Cuomo guilty of sexually harassing 11 women. Yet he dismisses it, telling Bloomberg that it was “a brand of ugly politics like I had never seen before.”

Does he even hear himself? Andrew Cuomo, one of the dirtiest players in electoral politics, a victim. And now in his crosshairs is the AG herself, Letitia James, because Cuomo — of course — is eyeing her seat.

Clearly, he’s unfamiliar with the adage that those who seek revenge should first dig two graves.

Here’s but one piece of evidence in the original AG’s report, testimony given by a witness known only as Executive Assistant #1, trapped, she says, in the then-governor’s office, alone with him, on Nov. 16, 2020: “[He] slammed the door shut … [I] said, ‘You’re going to get us in trouble,’ to which the Governor replied, ‘I don’t care’ … It was sexually driven.”

Then-Gov. Cuomo, she said, slid his hand inside and up her blouse.

Brittany Commisso accused Cuomo of groping her in the Executive Mansion in Albany.
Brittany Commisso accused Cuomo of groping her in the Executive Mansion in Albany.

“I mean it was — he was like cupping my breast. He cupped my breast. I have to tell you it was — at the moment I was in such shock that I could just tell you that I just remember looking down seeing his hand, seeing the top of my bra and I remember it was like a little, even the cup — the kind of bra that I had to the point I could tell you doesn’t really fit me properly, it was a little loose, I just remember seeing exactly that.”

That’s a high level of detail and a very credible trauma response. Conversely, investigators found Cuomo’s utter lack of detail in his multiple denials hard to believe.

As to why Executive Assistant #1 didn’t file a formal complaint at the time? Or push him away?

“People say after the fact … Why didn’t you slap the Governor? I’m [not] going to assault the [G]overnor. I would be taken away by the state police officers and I would be the one that would get in trouble and I would be the one to lose my job, not him.”

Doesn’t this sound like the Andrew Cuomo we all, regrettably, have come to know so well?

Not to Cuomo himself.

“You know,” Cuomo told Bloomberg, “I’ve had the time and space to get a little philosophical. Too many people run for office because it’s about them. It’s about their ego. Their need.”

Please. Like Cuomo hasn’t been plotting his comeback since the moment he resigned — ego, need.

Chris Cuomo was fired from his hosting job at CNN for his role in his brother's sexual harassment scandal.
Chris Cuomo was fired from his hosting job at CNN for his role in his brother’s sexual harassment scandal.
Courtesy of New York Attorney General

We all saw this coming after last week’s dinner with Eric Adams — and why Adams would sully himself like this, I have no idea.

Like a jilted boyfriend, Andrew Cuomo can’t believe that New York is doing just fine without him. In fact, we’re better than ever. Yet he refuses to get the message, even after his brother, Chris, made headlines last week with his own sordid lawsuit against former employer CNN, Andrew revealed as taking advice from ousted head Jeff Zucker on how to lead during the pandemic, brother Chris using his position to try to smear at least one of Andrew’s accusers.

“If you were single, the things I would do to you.”

Just another day at the Executive Office, then-Gov. Cuomo bantering, as he would no doubt call it, with another degraded, demoralized female employee, one who reported that little zinger to the AG.

Make no mistake: Andrew Cuomo needs power like oxygen. And his favorite application of power is to bully, predate and denigrate. He gets off on it.

Hillary Clinton is no longer the Dems’ most nightmarish comeback. And that’s saying something.

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