Women's Group Aligned with the #MeToo Movement Calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Resignation


A prominent nonprofit established at the height of the #MeToo movement called on Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign Tuesday.

“He has failed to protect the women who worked in New York State government and therefore shouldn’t be permitted to govern,” Time’s Up said in a statement.

The organization said that it is “imperative” that Cuomo face consequences for his actions and be “held to account” by both the State Assembly and New York law enforcement authorities.

Time’s Up spoke out following news that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple state employees through unwelcome and unwanted touching.

The organization also condemned the New York governor for allegedly making numerous offensive and sexually suggestive comments.

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According to an investigation conducted by the New York Attorney General’s office, this conduct “was part of a pattern of behavior that extended to his interactions with others outside of State government.”

“We acknowledge and deeply respect the courage and sacrifice of the 11 women who came forward to share their experiences of harassment and the retaliation they endured,” the organization said in a statement.

“Demanding accountability and justice from someone in power is never easy and it comes at great risk but, by boldly coming forward, these women have given others the courage to do the same.” 

“The findings of the investigation further cement the fact that the powerful can no longer hide behind their influence and threats when people they’ve harmed are demanding accountability and justice,” the statement continued.

Should Andrew Cuomo be held accountable for his alleged actions?

“The independent investigation, which included 74,000 pieces of evidence and 179 witnesses, found that Governor Cuomo violated both federal and state laws.”

“And that a toxic and hostile work environment existed,” the organization added.

In March, Time’s Up CEO Tina Tchen told Politico that the probe into Cuomo’s conduct should be focused on supporting the accusers while respecting due process.

Time’s Up refrained from calling on Cuomo to resign at the time, though other women’s groups like the Women’s March, UltraViolet and Girls for Gender Equity had called for him to step down.

Time’s Up is an “independent, nonpartisan, and not-for-profit 501(c)(4) charitable organization” and the parent organization of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.

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The organization was heavily involved in supporting and elevating Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in September 2018, calling for protests and walkouts over social media using the hashtag #BelieveAllWomen.

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