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#MeToo: Cuomo Personally Recruited Accused Candidate; Will He Withdraw Endorsement?



Andrew Cuomo Personally Recruited Accused Candidate, Gave Him $7,000, Hosted Fundraiser

Why Did Cuomo Ignore Vetting? Will He
Withdraw Endorsement, Demand Return of Money?
New York-Nov 2…Governor Andrew Cuomo recruited, hosted a fundraiser for, and personally donated $7,000 to a Long Island state senate candidate who, it was just revealed, threatened his ex-girlfriend with bodily harm, according to a Suffolk County Police report.
The explosive allegation, first reported by New York 1 News, begs the question: Why did Governor Cuomo recruit a candidate credibly accused of physical harassment against a woman  — public records are routinely checked when potential candidates are screened by political parties — how did he ask others to donate to the candidate when he or his staff almost certainly knew about the police complaint, will he demand the return of a $7,000 donation he made to the accused, long-time Democratic Suffolk County Legislator Lou D’Amaro — and most importantly will Mr. Cuomo withdraw his endorsement of Mr. D’Amaro?
“Believing women begins with believing women,” said Molinaro for New York spokeswoman Katherine Delgado. “There’s no way you can tell me that Andrew Cuomo’s office didn’t know about a routinely accessible public complaint when Mr. Cuomo recruited Mr. D’Amaro and helped fund his campaign. But giving Mr. Cuomo the unlikely benefit of the doubt, what will he do now that he publicly knows that his candidate was cited for a classic #metoo incident?
“Governor Cuomo has a long history of looking the other way when male political allies are accused of sexual harassment and assault against women. Here is his chance to do the right thing, governor. Withdraw your endorsement of Mr. D’Amaro now,” Ms. Delgado said. “The women of New York are watching.”
Here’s Governor Cuomo’s own words about recruiting Mr. D’Amaro from a June 2018 story in City & State: “That’s why I called Lou D’Amaro and I said, ‘I want you to run,’ and he said, ‘I don’t want to run,’ and I said, ‘I don’t care, you’ll run for the Senate.’”