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Conflict of interest? Chris Cuomo silent on brother’s sexual harassment allegations

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is embroiled in the midst of newly-surfaced sexual harassment claims and his CNN anchor brother Chris Cuomo is allegedly avoiding the story. Andrew Cuomo is rumored to be on President-elect Joe Biden’s shortlist for attorney general. This hot mess could endanger those political aspirations.

A former aide tweeted on Sunday leveling sexual harassment allegations against the powerful Democrat.

“Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years,” Lindsey Boylan, 36, tweeted. “Many saw it, and watched. I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years.”

“Not knowing what to expect what’s the most upsetting part aside from knowing that no one would do a damn thing even when they saw it,” Boylan continued. “No one. And I *know* I am not the only woman.”

In another tweet, Boylan wrote: “I hate that some men, like @NYGovCuomo abuse their power.”

Boylan also wrote on Sunday that she was not interested in discussing the matter with journalists.

She worked for Cuomo from 2015 to 2018 as his deputy secretary for economic development and special advisor and is currently running for Manhattan borough president.

So far, Boylan has not released details or named witnesses in her allegations.

In response, Cuomo called Boylan a liar.

“It’s not true. Look, I fought for and I believe a woman has the right to come forward and express her opinion and express issues and concerns that she has,” explained Cuomo.

“But it’s just not true.”

Chris Cuomo on “Cuomo Prime Time” Monday night noticeably avoided the budding scandal. In fact, no one on CNN touched the story.

Chris had his brother on his show frequently early on in the pandemic. But he has not appeared on the show recently.

The interviews between the brothers were seen as a major conflict of interest throughout the pandemic, especially as scrutiny over the governor’s handling of nursing homes in his state intensified. Chris Cuomo even admitted he was “not objective” when reporting on his brother.

“Obviously, I love you as a brother. Obviously, I’ll never be objective. Obviously, I think you’re the best politician in the country,” he told his brother on air.

“But I hope you feel good about what you did for your people because I know they appreciate it. Nothing’s perfect, you’ll have your critics, but I’ve never seen anything like what you did and that’s why I’m so happy to have had you on this show and I hope you know that,” he continued.

Andrew Cuomo, 63, thanked his brother for the “sweet talk.”

Shortly after that interview ended, Cuomo reiterated to his viewers, “He’s my big brother. I love him. Of course, I’m not objective.”

It should be noted that CNN was not the only media outlet to ignore the governor’s troubles. MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC all skipped on-air coverage of Boylan’s claims 24 hours after Boylan came forward.

But they won’t be able to ignore it for long. Upstate Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is now calling for an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment made against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“I am publicly calling for an independent investigation into the serious allegations of pervasive workplace sexual harassment and verbal abuse by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The people of New York deserve a Governor who lives up to his own public statements on sexual harassment,” Stefanik said in a statement Monday.

“Cuomo should be held to his own stated standards. Just as Governor Cuomo appointed an independent investigator to investigate victims’ allegations against former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a completely independent investigation must exclude all Cuomo appointees and political allies,” added Stefanik, pointing to Cuomo’s own appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the domestic assault allegations against Schneiderman that forced him to resign.

Earlier this month, Boylan had also tweeted about her work experience in the Cuomo administration, listing it as the worst job she ever had.

“I tried to quit three times before it stuck. I’ve worked hard my whole life. Hustled – fake it till you make it style,” she wrote. “That environment is beyond toxic. I’m still unwrapping it years later in therapy!”

Boylan ran against U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler in the 2020 Democratic primary, garnering 22% of the vote in a campaign in which she argued that the incumbent wasn’t progressive enough. She announced last month that she is running in the 2021 Democratic primary to succeed Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who is term-limited.

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