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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Ray Tamarra/Getty Images

Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be facing explicit calls to resign from President Biden on down, if you apply the standard that Democrats set for similar allegations against Republicans. And it's not a close call.

Why it matters: The #MeToo moment saw men in power run out of town for exploiting young women. Democrats led the charge. So the silence of so many of them seems more strange — and unacceptable by their own standards — by the hour.

Their only plausible explanation would be to argue that three women are exaggerating or misremembering things.

  • This is precisely what Democrats said was unacceptable in GOP cases.

One top New York Democrat told Axios the reaction has been "disheartening" — an approach by both parties of believing women "except if they accuse a member of your party."

  • As pointed out by Axios Sneak Peek on Sunday: Democrats hammered Donald Trump after "Access Hollywood," pilloried Brett Kavanaugh over Christine Blasey Ford and defended Joe Biden when he was accused of inappropriate touching.

A Democratic strategist close to the White House pointed to "some PTSD" in the party after former Sen. Al Franken was forced to resign in 2017, in what many Democrats now see as a rush to judgment.

  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York was the first Democrat to say Franken should resign. She called the allegations against Cuomo "serious and deeply concerning."

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said yesterday that Biden and Vice President Harris "both believe that every woman coming forward should be heard, should be treated with dignity, and treated with respect."

  • Psaki noted New York Attorney General Letitia James' "independent investigation with subpoena power, and the governor’s office said he will fully cooperate. And we certainly support that moving forward." 
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Mar 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Lawmakers hide behind AG's investigation as Cuomo lingers

A billboard outside Albany, N.Y. Photo: Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is politically wounded but not yet dead, several state lawmakers tell Axios.

The state of play: Most are holding their fire and punting to state Attorney General Letitia James' investigation into sexual harassment allegations. They expect the inquiry to be credible and thorough — and buy Cuomo badly needed breathing room.

New York AG to begin investigation into sexual harassment claims against Cuomo

Cuomo at a Feb. 24 press conference. Photo: Seth Wenig/pool/AFPvia Getty Images

New York Attorney General Letitia James received a formal referral letter on Monday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to begin an investigation into sexual harassment allegations made against the governor by two of his former aides.

Why it matters: The investigation will provide independent oversight after a lengthy back-and-forth between the offices on how the probe would operate. Findings from the review will be made public after the investigation is complete.

Rep. Rice demands Cuomo resign after 3rd woman accuses him of misconduct

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a February news conference in New York City. Photo: Seth Wenig/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) on Monday evening called for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign, after a third woman accused him of inappropriate behavior.

Driving the news: Anna Ruch, a former member of the Obama administration and the 2020 Biden campaign, told the New York Times Monday that Cuomo asked to kiss her at a New York City wedding reception in September 2019.