New York’s former Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo, now says he regrets resigning in disgrace last year, claiming that he has now “been vindicated.”
In a new statement, Cuomo also accused New York State Attorney General Letitia James of “prosecutorial misconduct”
It was AG James who led the charges of sexual misconduct against Cuomo, leading to his resignation.
According to Cuomo, the actions by the state’s attorney general “undermined the Metoo movement” and “was a brand of ugly politics like I had never seen before.”
He also claimed he has been vindicated and would not rule out a comeback.
“I never resigned because I said I did something wrong,” Cuomo argues.
“I said I’m resigning because I don’t want to be a distraction.
“I’m still focused on communicating what happened here.
“Because as a precedent, it has to be exposed.
“Vindication is not the reason to run for office.
“You know, I’ve had the time and the space to get a little philosophical about this.
“Too many people do run for office because it’s about them. It’s about their ego, their need.”
Cuomo called what James did “prosecutorial misconduct.”
“It turns out in a remarkably short period of time that it did become all bogus. 11 became zero,” Cuomo said of the four different New York District Attorneys who decided not to prosecute him.
“If you do an honest summary, which is what I get from people on the street, I have been vindicated.”
He claims that Jeff Zucker resigning in disgrace from CNN was “collateral damage” from James’s probe, adding that she has “hurt a lot of people in a lot of different ways.
“And it was a brand of ugly politics like I had never seen before.”
“I think what they did here undermines the MeToo movement and the women’s movement and undermines the law,” Cuomo added.
“Because when you politicize claims or trivialize claims, the next woman who has a legitimate claim is going to get painted with the same brush.”
James’s office said:
“No one, including Andrew Cuomo, can dispute the fact that multiple investigations found allegations of sexual harassment against him to be credible.
“Only he is to blame for inappropriately touching his own staff and then quitting so he didn’t have to face impeachment.
“His baseless attacks won’t change the reality — Andrew Cuomo is a serial sexual harasser.”
Andrew Cuomo to @nahmias: “Too many people do run for office because it’s about them. It’s about their ego, their need.” https://t.co/mT2NIFMlFH
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) February 7, 2022
“@TishJames is a serial liar whose touted 11 cases have now been reviewed by Democratic & Republican DAs across the state & have resulted in 0 cases being brought.” https://t.co/nVNmo8lHHm pic.twitter.com/HE6hYUkC7s
— Andrew Cuomo (@andrewcuomo) February 1, 2022