Cuomo Sexual Harassment Allegations Raise Issue of Multiple Standards
Should Cuomo resign while others, accused of worse behavior, remain in office?
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces new calls to resign after a third woman, 33 year-old Anna Ruch, complained of unwanted advances that occurred at a 2019 wedding. This time, there is a photo to accompany the complaint, which is bad news for the governor. Speculation is growing that Cuomo will not survive this scandal.
Should he resign? It is not a difficult question for many, but others wonder whether Cuomo’s offensive behavior is comparable to those of other public officials. Presidents Clinton and Trump were accused of worse behavior and remained in office. Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed for the Supreme Court after being accused of rape. And Clarence Thomas was confirmed for the same job after some truly creepy allegations against him.
And how about President Biden? He was accused of unwanted touching, characterized as non-sexual. Cuomo’s behavior will soon be subject to an investigation by an independent law firm chosen by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The results of that investigation will determine the political future of a governor once considered a major contender for a future Democratic presidential nomination.
But what will not be determined is whether it is fair that different cases are judged by so widely differing standards.
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