Democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo said he will be keeping the more than $60,000 in financial contributions from Holywood magnate Harvey Weinstein who has recently been accused of numerous sexual harassment assaults over the years, reported Breitbart.
After the incriminating story by The New York Times alleging that Weinstein has made a number of settlements with women he sexually harassed, Cuomo’s campaign said they would be giving $50,000 to an unnamed women’s charity organization.
“These allegations are horrid and disturbing — sexual harassment and abuse have no place in our society,” said Bill Mulrow, Cuomo’s campaign chairman, last Friday.
Cuomo’s decision to keep the $60,000 that remained for himself, resulted in him being accused of hypocrisy from the Republican State Committee.
“In the dictionary next to the word ‘hypocrisy’ is a picture of Andrew Cuomo,” said Jessica Proud, a GOP spokesperson for the committee of New York. “Democrats across the country have had the sense to give the money back, but not Gov. Cuomo. What kind of message does it send to women and victims that despite everything we know about the abuse Harvey Weinstein inflicted on them, he still won’t let go of his $60,000? His actions speak volumes.”
On the other hand, Basil A. Smikle Jr., an executive director of the New York’s Democratic State Committee, stood by the governor and passed the blame on Republicans who he believes are suppressing women’s rights.
“As was said on Friday, these actions are horrid and disturbing and the contributions from the 2018 campaign cycle will be donated to an organization that fights for women’s rights,” Smikle said. “Money from past cycles was spent in that cycle and is no longer there. What we need less of is rhetoric from hypocrites who supported Washington’s attempts to roll back hard-fought rights and oppose every effort to expand protections and promote equality for women in New York.”
Cuomo has been mentioned as a likely presidential candidate for the 2020 election, but he has not yet commented on the speculation.
Other top Democrats like Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), said they planned to give donations they’ve received from Weinstein throughout the years to charities.
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