New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, chair of the Democratic Governors Association, said Tuesday that she found the three sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) “troubling” enough that the organization is going to release a statement.
“We will have a very serious conversation about what we ought to do and what standard we expect all elected leaders to adhere to and stand by,” she told The Post’s Eugene Scott.
Anna Ruch became the third woman to accuse the governor of making an unwanted advance when she told the New York Times Monday that Cuomo placed his hand on her exposed lower back at a September 2019 wedding. After she removed his hand, he grabbed her face with both hands and asked if he could kiss her. Ruch said she then pulled away.
Two other women — both former aides in the Cuomo administration — earlier accused the governor of fostering a climate where sexual harassment and bullying were pervasive, condoned and expected.
Although Lujan Grisham said it was premature for her to call for Cuomo’s resignation, she said the topic would be a “significant part” of the discussion.
“We have to take seriously all these allegations, and I’m frankly in that group of elected leaders that (believes) you believe the individual,” she said on Post Live. “You give real credit and credibility there. If you don’t, we’re revictimizing brave men and women who come forward, and so that’s critical.”
The governor noted that Cuomo was not challenging the “veracity” of the facts but was acknowledging that they happened, before apologizing for his words and actions.
“That’s the climate we should come to expect by every elected leader in that context,” she said. “And having a transparent independent investigation, so you can look at the context of these conversations and statements, I think is important.”