Mar 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Pelosi calls on Cuomo to "look inside his heart" to see if he can govern effectively

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not call for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign on Sunday, but said he "should look inside his see if he can govern effectively."

Why it matters: Both of the state's U.S. senators, a majority of Democrats in the state legislature, and nearly the entire 29-member congressional delegation are demanding that Cuomo resign after six women have accused him of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior.

  • More than 35 of the governor's current and former employees described his office to the New York Times as "chaotic, unprofessional and toxic, especially for young women."
  • Cuomo has denied claims against groping a female staffer and any inappropriate touching. He acknowledged in a February statement that "some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation."

What she's saying: "I have confidence in the attorney general of New York, she has called for I think an expeditious investigation," Pelosi said. "I do think that the women deserve to hear the results of these investigations as does the governor."

  • When asked if she is calling on Cuomo to resign, Pelosi said: "I think we should see the results — but he may decide, and that was, hopefully, this result will be soon. And what I'm saying is, the governor should look inside his heart — he loves New York — to see if he can govern effectively. And that could be one of the considerations that he has."
  • Pelosi reiterated that "what these women have said must be treated with respect, they are credible and serious charges."
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