Cuomo releases TV ad to clear his name as women’s groups assault him


ALBANY – Nine women’s organizations issued a statement on Monday condemning a publicity blitz launched by former Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that seeks to obscure the findings of investigations that found he sexually harassed or engaged in acts reprehensible with several women.

The groups said Cuomo, whose television ads are due to begin appearing in New York this week, “is using campaign money to spread misinformation about the credibility of women who bravely come forward to report his abuse.”

Richard Azzopardi, a spokesman for Cuomo, said the TV ads his team has dubbed “Politics Against the Law” will highlight that “five separate district attorneys rejected the findings of the (Attorney General’s) bogus report.”


But district attorneys who declined to pursue criminal charges related to allegations that Cuomo kissed, touched, groped or made inappropriate comments to women did not say they “dismissed the findings” of the 3 August from state attorney general Letitia James. Office. James released her report at a press conference where she said “several” state and federal laws were violated.

Prosecutors said the alleged victims’ accounts were credible but did not support criminal charges under New York law.

“We will continue to communicate the facts to New Yorkers: the (Attorney General) knowingly and willfully ignored evidence of perjury, witness tampering and extortion, and withheld exculpatory evidence when she misled the public in error last August,” said the statement released by Azzopardi.

Women’s groups have fought back, portraying Cuomo as a serial sexual harasser who they say continues to deny responsibility and is waging a months-long campaign to discredit the women who have come forward.

“Multiple investigations have found the accounts of these women to be credible,” the groups said in a statement. “The media should stop giving a platform to abusers like Cuomo. As evidenced by recent public polls, New Yorkers believe that women who bravely spoke out against Cuomo’s abuse; they believe Cuomo was right to leave his duties in disgrace. This attempt to claim the exemption won it doesn’t work.”

The organizations signing the statement are: NY Birth Control Action Fund; Vote mom; The Feminist Institute; WCLA – Matters of Choice; Eleanor’s Legacy; New York Black Women’s Political Club; #VoteProChoice; Boost it and black women for progress.

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