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Biden, Pelosi sidestep calling on NY governor Cuomo to resign over sex
Published: Mar 15, 2021 09:08 PM
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo addresses his press conference in Albany, New York, on Nov. 22, 2020. (Courtesy of NYS Governor's Office)

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo addresses his press conference in Albany, New York, on Nov. 22, 2020. (Courtesy of NYS Governor's Office)

US President Joe Biden sidestepped questions Sunday on whether New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should resign over sexual misconduct allegations, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the state leader should "look inside his heart" to decide if he can govern.

The pair stopped short of joining a growing list of other politicians, including many fellow Democrats, in demanding Cuomo's resignation.

Exiting Marine One Sunday, Biden said that "the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us."

Eight women have come forward since February to denounce what they said were inappropriate words and gestures from Cuomo. One former employee said he slipped his hand under her blouse in an incident in 2020.

New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer, now the majority leader in the US Senate, is among those who have explicitly called for the governor to step down.

Cuomo's accusers, most of them women who worked in the state government with him, "must be treated with respect," Pelosi said in carefully worded comments on ABC's "This Week" program earlier Sunday, adding that "they are credible and serious charges."

She added: "The governor should look inside his heart - he loves New York - to see if he can govern effectively."

Cuomo, who at 63 has been governor for the last 10 years, has repeatedly denied acting in any way he considered "inappropriate."

He has shrugged off the calls to resign, asking people to wait for the results of several investigations, including one being led by the state's attorney general, Letitia James.

Pelosi told ABC she had "zero tolerance for sexual harassment" and said Cuomo's accusers should be listened to.

But she said both the women and Cuomo "deserve to hear the results of these investigations." 

AFP
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