Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik calls for an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo
- Rep. Elise Stefanik is the most powerful voice yet calling for an investigation
- Former Cuomo aide Lindsay Boylan has been making allegations on Twitter
- She has also accused Cuomo of promoting a toxic work environment
- Boylan worked for Cuomo from 2015 to 2018 in a few different roles and is currently running for Manhattan borough president
Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is calling for a probe of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after sexual harassment allegations were made against him by a former aide.
Rep. Stefanik chimed in on Monday, calling for an independent investigation into claims made by Lindsey Boylan, a candidate for Manhattan borough president.
‘I am publicly calling for an independent investigation into the serious allegations of pervasive workplace sexual harassment and verbal abuse by Governor Andrew Cuomo,’ Rep. Stefanik said in a statement.
‘The people of New York deserve a Governor who lives up to his own public statements on sexual harassment.’
U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) (pictured in November) is calling for an independent probe of Andrew Cuomo
Lindsey Boylan worked for Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York from 2015 to 2018
Gov. Cuomo defended himself from the allegations during a press conference on Monday
‘The brave women who chose to come forward deserve swift and definitive justice in this matter,’ Rep Stefanik added.
The reference to Gov. Cuomo’s previous statements relate to his appointment of a special prosecutor to look into former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned after facing numerous abuse allegations.
According to the New York Post , Boylan worked as deputy secretary for economic development and a special advisor for Gov. Cuomo from 2015 to 2018.
She made her allegations against her former boss on Twitter Sunday morning, saying ‘Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched.’
She also previously tweeted about the toxic environment she felt existed in the governor’s office.
‘I hate that some men, like @NYGovCuomo abuse their power,’ she tweeted.
Gov. Cuomo defended himself during a coronavirus press conference on Monday, denying the allegations against him.
‘It’s not true,’ he said about the accusation. ‘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. But it’s just not true.’
‘There is zero truth whatsoever to these claims,’ added Caitlin Girouard, a spokesperson for Gov. Cuomo.
Boylan is currently running to be the next borough president of Manhattan
Boylan has been making accusations against Gov. Cuomo on Twitter since the weekend
Boylan also stated that she is not the only woman to be victimized by the governor
Boylan did not make any complaints about her boss during her tenure or exit interview, Girouard added.
Rep. Stefanski did not mention who she thought should lead a probe into the governor.
Currently, nobody has come forward with similar allegations against Gov. Cuomo, who has seen his profile soar in 2020 as he led New York’s coronavirus response and sparred often with President Trump.
Boylan did state on Twitter, however, that she believes she is not the only person to be allegedly victimized by the governor.
Gov. Cuomo has previously said he would run for governor again when his term expires in 2022, though he may also be a candidate for a cabinet role in President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.