OnPolitics: Andrew Cuomo is a sexual harasser, state AG report says

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says, "I fully support a woman’s right to come forward, and I think it should be encouraged in every way."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says, "I fully support a woman’s right to come forward, and I think it should be encouraged in every way."

Yesterday's OnPolitics mentioned a third D.C police officer who responded to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building died by suicide.

Today, we learned another D.C. officer died by suicide this month, bringing the total number of officers who have taken their lives after the riot to four.

Their deaths are a reminder that police officers and firefighters are at a higher risk for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide than any other profession.

(If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night, or chat online.)

It's Mabinty, with the rest of the news out of Washington.

Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, according to AG report

Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in violation of state and federal laws as well as the executive chamber's own written policies, according to a long-anticipated report Tuesday from the state Attorney General's Office.

The bombshell 136-page report released by Attorney General Letitia James's office provided corroborated accounts of harassment by the Democratic governor that included unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and inappropriate comments, including claims from one executive assistant who says Cuomo reached under her blouse and grabbed her breast.

Among those Cuomo was found to have harassed included several members of his staff, a state trooper who was part of his security detail, an energy company employee and a Department of Health doctor who administered a coronavirus test on him live on television last year.

Eleven women’s accounts are included in the report, and nine of them are or were employed by New York.

Cuomo has repeatedly denied any misbehavior, saying he never touched anyone inappropriately, but he said that he can be playful and make jokes and sometimes ask his staff about their personal lives.

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What's at stake: A victory by coal industry lobbyist Mike Carey would give Trump a chance to reclaim a large measure of influence within the Republican Party; a defeat would trigger more questions about the real value of an endorsement from the former president.

Trump, who before the Texas race claimed his endorsement was tantamount to victory, has implored voters in Ohio's 15th congressional district to back his candidate this time around.

A reminder to put your mental health first. — Mabinty

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, AG report says

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