Andrew Cuomo To Be Arrested. What About Donald Trump?

I am never sure why some men, who find themselves the center of attention for being too stupid for words, took actions that clearly were ill-advised.

Do men who force themselves on women not know there are call-girls who (I am told) will do whatever is asked? That there are outlets for almost everything conceivable on the internet? That being a top elected official means having a wide selection of willing women who will enjoy such company?

So what makes men so stupid to force themselves on a woman who wants nothing to do with such advances?

Or to be precisely pointed here what made former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo feel he could forcibly touch a woman? The news today is just the latest chapter in a sordid book.

A criminal complaint against Cuomo has now been filed by Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple. Cuomo was summoned to appear in court next month on a misdemeanor charge.

The alleged crime took place at the governor’s mansion on December 7, 2020 when Cuomo “intentionally and for no legitimate purpose” forcibly placed his hand under the blouse of an unnamed victim and onto an intimate body part.

You can not make this up.

But if we are going to talk about men with power who then abuse women and commit criminal acts let us not forget Donald Trump.

He was accused of many sexual crimes including rape. Add in the financial crimes, and the insurrection against our country, and all of a sudden there is a need for a bevy of lawyers to handle the charges.

Cuomo is in need of some legal pushback and then some intense therapy.

But Trump deserves a very tight jail cell.

No man gets a pass for acting like a cad, or worse for treating a woman like a mere sex object.

And so it goes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Will Not Act Like Brett Kavanaugh

If you wonder what it might be like for a polar bear to be stranded on a drifting and melting slab of ice look no further than the bedraggled face of Governor Andrew Cuomo. His political crisis can hardly get worse following the news that both United States senators from New York have thrown the once most powerful man in the state into the cold waters. The quickening pace of the almost surreal series of events in Albany has caught the attention of the country.

It comes as no surprise at the gleeful ease so many have piled onto Cuomo. Having a long track-record of being harsh with his foes and friends, alike, there are not many who now will expend any of their own political capital to defend the charges being made against him. It would seem, however, someone with heft in the city might offer some pushback, given the all-of-a-sudden rush by a number of people to all at once speak out about his boorish behavior. That is not to say Cuomo did not act as he is being accused, but no one can miss the amazing orchestration of this political take-down.

That is what has this blogger watching hour-by-hour for the next development. I simply do not see how Cuomo can stay in office following the events in the past 36 hours.

But it needs noting that the other reason the nation is watching–apart from the need to see the crash occurring in slow motion–is how this event is in such stark contrast to other women making charges against other powerful men. If you are keeping score of the women who have spoken out concerning the sexual predator who sat in the Oval Office over the past four years it would total twenty-six. The severity of many of their allegations against Trump makes Cuomo appear to be a choir boy.

But unlike the avalanche of Democrats who have called for Cuomo to step down, there were only crickets to be heard when Republicans were asked to hold their leader accountable. We recall the indignant nature of the ever-single and womanless Senator Lindsey Graham when confronting the accuser of Brett Kavanaugh. Gone were the stern words from a conservative about personal responsibility as the senator all but licked the shoes of the nominee to the high court.

So it is newsworthy that Democrats are the ones showing what consistency looks like with this issue to a nation that has not seen much of that from the other party. Democrats are demonstrating they have the same concerns be it a Republican, or not, who faces the allegations. And I suspect that theme continues in the days to come, with Cuomo meeting his call to his larger duty.

Kavanaugh should have acted like a man with some shred of decency and removed himself from the nomination. That would have been best for the court. Unlike that episode, I predict Cuomo writes a powerful statement and removes himself from office. Knowing that is what a man does who understands amends must be made, and how a pol acts for the greater good.

And so it goes.

Someone Needs To Tell Gov. Cuomo It Is 2021

I very much frown on the ‘good-ole-boy’ way of treating women in the workplace as it is offensive. Period.  There is just no other way to say it.  Once again, the nation is talking about this issue as New York Governor Mario Cuomo is needing to respond to the third charge of sexual harassment as it places his political life in turmoil.

The news concerning Cuomo is truly distressing.  I come from the point of view that when a woman makes a claim of misconduct by a man, we should trust her statement.  But I also know that any time there is a ‘she said, he said’ type of case it is very hard in a legal sense to prove.  I am not a lawyer so cannot weigh into the definition of what constitutes sexual harassment.  That does not mean, however, the comments by Cuomo did not happen, but the bar of justice is set at a degree to make sure fair outcomes can be most times attained.

What is so continually frustrating is that once again it appears that a man who reaches a level of power somehow believes he becomes entitled to make moves on women and treat them as nothing more than sex objects. And once again, it is so unbecoming to hear of a statement from the offender about being ‘misunderstood’.

This matter is far more than just one about a Democratic politician as this type of bad behavior happens in a wide array of professions.  In each case, however, the bottom line is the same. Powerful men seem to think they should be able to act as they wish.   And not be held accountable.

As a gay man, it has made me more sympathetic to the way women might feel in the workplace with out-of-bound comments.  There were times the social dynamics that were brought into the workplace concerning women were unsettling for me to witness. I was more aware of the banter in the workplace given my own desire to not be the recipient of odd comments about my personal life.  Since words, both in radio broadcasting and in my other positions, have always been central to what I do hearing how they were used was something I naturally tuned into.  

The larger national conversation about Cuomo as it relates to how women are treated is one we need to continue having in our society.  But we need to be consistent in how we view this matter.  When it comes to other public cases of this type of harassment, we are left to ask why some politicians who have clearly harassed women get a free pass?  How can conservatives pile onto Cuomo when there is an audio recording of Donald Trump talking about how he groped women and they viewed it as acceptable?  How can conservatives lick their chops at the news from New York when they championed a president who used hush-money payments to a porn star while cheating on his third wife?

My bottom line on the matter is that sexual harassment is a most serious offense, and in politics it can be even more troubling.  What makes it even more problematic is that the tone-deaf defense from Cuomo with his trite comments makes him appear more out of touch than anyone should be in 2021.

For Those Who Love Political Fights On A State-Wide Stage

Having grown up in Wisconsin, and listening to Chicago radio most of my life, the image of real political brawling is the type exhibited by Windy City pols.  But the master of the craft are in New York!

If you want to read an article (and it is a sizable one) that will make you know how tame your politics are–regardless of where you might reside in the nation–well, take the time to read this story.

The idea of Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Cuomo ever collaborating on anything seems almost unfathomable nearly 16 years later. The two Democrats are now engaged in a feud so nasty, petty and prolonged that even in the cutthroat politics of New York, few can remember ever seeing anything quite like it.

The two men have sparred over substance, silliness and everything in between: public housing and private workout routineshomelessness and topless women in Times Square, taxing millionaires and euthanizing a deerLegionnaires’ disease outbreak and state troop deploymentsschoolssnowstorms and the subways — even naps.

“I’m not a napper, really,” Mr. Cuomo volunteered last year after reports of the mayor’s alleged penchant for napping. “I never have been.”

“We Reached A New Level Of Social Justice This Evening”

Here are some quotes that I think are worth reading from New York Governor Cuomo as he spoke following the passage into law of gay marriage in the Empire State.

This was a period of historic progress an all fronts.”

“A record that shows you can make this thing called government work. It can perform and it can do it with integrity.”

“This is state when it is at its finest, is a beacon for social justice…”

“And what this state said today brings this discussion of marriage equality to a new plain. That’s the power and the beauty of New York.”

“New York made a powerful statement. Not just for the people of New York, but people all across this nation. We reached a new level of social justice this evening.”

On whether this prompts President Obama to support gay marriage:

“I think this vote today will send a message across the country… But I think it is a powerful message. It is impactful to New Yorkers and it is a powerful message all across the nation, no doubt, that this is the message to go and the time to do it is now. And it is achievable. And it is no longer a dream or aspiration.”

“I think [you] are going to see an evolution toward this position on all levels. (Q: Including the president?) I think you’ll see it on all levels. I don’t want to speak for anyone one person, but I think you’ll see it, ah – what you had to breach was, the attitude, you had to prove that it was possible, that you could have a major populace state, that’s a sophisticated, complex state – and we have complex politics in this state as we demonstrated to some of our guests……But it is possible and I think we are going to see an evolution and I think you’re going to see a rapid evolution…”

“This was really about legislators, quality individuals, who struggled with this issue and at the end of the day did the right thing…”

Cuomo praised the four Republicans and said he would help them fend off the political consequences of the vote.

“I think they are people of courage. I think in some ways this was a more difficult vote for them than the 29 Democrats, depending on the Democrats district. But I think it was politically more dangerous for a Republican. The Conservative Party was actually threatening them with consequences and primaries and they did it anyway. And I think they showed themselves to be people of courage. That’s what I believe. I represent the people of this state of New York and

Governor Cuomo Is All About Political Skills

Inside ‘baseball’ stories are keeping me up tonight as the nation takes in the news coming from New York.  I like to know how the political players made the deals, and concluded that the only way forward was to be brave and act like statesmen.  Over the weeks I have been following the comings and goings of the New York legislators, and feel that there are some real heroes who can be proud to someday sit their grandkid on thier knee and say, “Once in 2011 I made a real difference….”

Governor Cuomo took the lead and deserves the bulk of the credit with the passage of this law.  A punchy read on how the New York Governor sealed the deal is here.  A portion is below.

All this pontificating took up many hours, and could have continued indefinitely. Cuomo knew from the beginning that Republicans would use questions about protecting religious institutions as a delaying tactic, and that he couldn’t depend on Skelos to deliver the last votes. So Cuomo kept working on individual Republicans, and he strategically gave ground, until late Friday, when his last bit of concession on religious exemptions tipped the balance for Sen. Stephen Saland, who represents a district near Albany. Cuomo felt confident of Saland’s vote a week ago, but knew he needed to give the senator slightly more room to justify the decision to the Republican conference and to his constituents.

“You’ve got a governor who from New York City who shouldn’t be wildly popular upstate, but he is,” a Cuomo insider says. “So legislators take comfort in the fact that he’s out there so hard on this issue. You took a tough vote for David Paterson? Shame on you! You took a tough vote for Andrew Cuomo? God bless you!” The repeated, emphatic waving of campaign money by gay groups didn’t hurt, either. “It’s carrots and sticks. It’s music and champagne — and it’s strength,” a Cuomo intimate says. “It’s an orchestra, it’s a symphony, it’s all of this combined. It’s political skills. It’s 500 phone calls to individual senators. It’s birthday calls, it’s anniversary calls, it’s going to their district, it’s all last year campaigning with them.”

Governor Cuomo, Leader Of Nation Concerning Gay Marriage

There is a way to be a proud Democrat when it comes to the issue of gay marriage, and tonight that model for the nation can be found in New York.

Too  often politicians take the easy path, the one of less resistance.  Governor Cuomo saw injustice and decided to slay it.  The wrong that needed to be eliminated was the lack of marriage rights for gay men and lesbian women.  With skill and total determination Governor Cuomo stepped up and made a vow to right a wrong.  Then he put actions behind his words.

Tonight the same-sex marriage bill in New York was approved on a 33 to 29 vote, as four Republican state senators joined 29 Democrats in voting for the bill.

President Obama should look to Albany and see how a Democrat can lead on gay marriage.  It is not too late to start anew on the path for gay marriage rights from this White House.  The American public have shown in poll after poll that this is the time to act and make fairness and equality not just something for straight couples, but gay and lesbian ones as well.

But the unexpected victory had an unlikely champion: Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who pledged last year to support same-sex marriage but whose early months in office were dominated by intense battles with lawmakers and some labor unions over spending cuts.

Mr. Cuomo made same-sex marriage one of his top priorities for the year and deployed his top aide to coordinate the efforts of a half-dozen local gay-rights organizations whose feuding and disorganization had in part been blamed for the 2009 defeat. The new coalition of same-sex marriage supporters also brought in one of Mr. Cuomo’s trusted campaign operatives to supervise a $3 million television and radio campaign aimed at persuading a handful of Republican and Democratic senators to drop their opposition and support same-sex marriage.For Senate Republicans, even bringing the measure to the floor was a freighted decision. Most of the Republicans firmly oppose same-sex marriage on moral grounds, and many of them also had political concerns, fearing that allowing same-sex marriage to pass on their watch would embitter conservative voters and cost the Republican Party its one-seat majority in the Senate. Leaders of the state’s Conservative Party — the support of which many Republican lawmakers depend on to win election — warned that they would oppose in legislative elections next year any Republican senator who voted for same-sex marriage.

But after days of agonized discussion capped by a marathon nine-hour, closed-door debate on Friday, Republicans came to a fateful decision. The full Senate would be allowed to vote on same-sex marriage, the majority leader, Dean G. Skelos, said Friday afternoon, and each member would be left to vote according to his conscience.

“The days of just bottling up things, and using these as excuses not to have votes — as far as I’m concerned as leader, its over with,” said Mr. Skelos, a Long Island Republican