Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Support for the Former Governor Cuomo Indicates Voter Suspicion About AG James' "Independent" Investigation


                                         Former Governor Andrew Cuomo (courtesy of the site)

In an article, Cuomo's Small Donors Steadfast in Their Michelle Del Rey published in the Albany Times Union today, January 26, 2022, the reporter's contention is that voters show their support for the former Governor Cuomo with small donations. To me that support reads a number of ways. First, not only do these supporters reveal their appreciation of the former governor during the pandemic. He was the only effective leader in the nation for months, despite the obstacles and lies thrown at him by the Trump/Republican botch job. His leadership guided New Yorkers to bring down the highest infection rate in the world to the third lowest. With inspiration and hope during a hellish time that no one in the Baby Boomer generation had faced before, Cuomo guided New Yorkers, the nation and the world in his daily briefings. He uplifted, he cautioned, he supported the nations while Trump proved paranoid, ineffective, mendacious (lying) unjust and noxious, supported by Republicans who sat and watched him make mistake after mistake and tell lie after lie.

    The former president at Lafayette Square Park after the tear gassing of peaceful BLM protestors

Cuomo supporters in New York and nationally will never forget he saved our lives as Trump screamed about taking bleach, Lysol and dangerous chemicals (hydroxychloriquine) that confused the public  and killed one couple (looking for over the counter hydroxychloriquine). And Trump delaying action for months (read Rage by Bob Woodward) and knowing about COVID's danger, with other Republicans, bought stocks and made money, while the unknowing public spread the virus asymptomatically. No one who lived in congregate settings in Queens, the global epicenter of COVID will forget Cuomo's diligence, skill, professionalism to guide them (despite the hell Trump gave him, and the lies of the Republican party falsely accusing him about Nursing Homes to discredit and oust him). Cuomo was a thorn in Republicans' sides. Trump wa, paranoid Cuomo would run for president (he would have won because of his great leadership during this terrible time). 

Instead, Trump/RNC went after him via Republicans in New York who also turned the heads of some Democrats who saw a wonderful opportunity. That the voters watched this and believed in the former governor's actions, words and team as they compared him to Trump/Republicans and Red State governors, is what New York voters understand and remember today. Sadly, the NY Democrats have made a miscalculation. In attempting to drum up hatred for the former governor, the opposite has occurred and will continue to occur. It is obvious why.

(L to R) Anne L. Clarke, AG Letitia James, Joon Kim (courtesy of the site)

 AG James, Ron Kim (who went on Fox and demanded Cuomo be impeached) Joon Kim (a long time former prosecutor stalker of Cuomo) and Anne Clarke (a biased lawyer who specializes in sexual harassment readings into gestures, words, glances) encouraged the women to testify what they interpreted as sexual harassment. None of it rose to criminality and most of it was spurious and the testimony not credible. Spurred on by colleagues, etc., James cherry picked from the 179 transcripts of all those questioned and excluded testimony by credible witnesses that refuted or called into doubt the women's accusations. 

In the end, the pickings were slimmed to 41 transcripts. What remained was to configure the transcripts, with lies of omission and twisted interpretations and redactions to set up the former governor as a "toxic sexual harasser." Thus, the conclusion was set. Delivered to the press strategically in daily installments, it was red meat to cannibalistic Murdock's NY Post, The Wall Street Journal and other RED MEDIA (SPUTNIK, OAN, RT, NEWSMAX, FOX). The Daily News and NY Times, CNN AND MSNBC jumped on not wanting to be left out, for surely, Cuomo was "guilty." Wasn't he? Was anyone looking behind the allegations? 

MSNBC hosts. Only Joy Reid pointed out the hypocrisy of the charges against then Governor Cuomo, comparing the severity of the allegations against Trump and Epstein to those that obviously didn't rise to a level of criminality.
 Meanwhile, the former governor was not on trial, though the RED MEDIA acted that he was in their headlines, and blue media in their '"breaking news." (A criminal charge was made to coincide with AG James' announcement she was running for governor. Interestingly, either she or Sheriff Apple leaked this to the press, though it was Grand Jury testimony, a no-no). Someone committed more than an illegal infelicity for political purposes.

Attorney Rita Glavin has responded to AG James' one-sided, sloppy and shoddy investigation and pre-meditated "final report," which James has refused to correct allowing lies of omission and commission to stand. Indeed, James claims Glavin's response is "an attack" on her, and she uplifts the "poor victims." Meanwhile, if one listens to Glavin on YouTube, reads the women's comments Glavin presents in her power point presentations, sees into their background (Charlotte Bennett adding Cuomo is a lying three time serial sex harassment accuser) reads their tweet threads (just recently released to Glavin though she has been asking to see them as due process for the former governor for months) and reads the bullying background of Lindsey Boylan's threats to get her way and witness tamper or solicit witnesses, one cannot help but think something is rotten in the state of the NY AG's office.

    Attorney Rita Glavin's presentation using power point indicated the contradictions and lies of omission and conflicting dates (courtesy of the Cuomo team)
 Voters who continue to support the former Governor give their money despite the report, However, many are suspicious of the rush to judgment to oust him, when investigations into Donald Trump's finances, harassments, rapes, predation have taken years and have, like the Jeffrey Epstein suit in Florida, been buried with dark money kick backs most probably. Why else would State Attorney General Alex Acosta give Epstein a plea deal that amounted to a daily party to continue his machinations as he was allowed to go home and only return to prison at night? The former Governor Cuomo's insistence that he be investigated, that the truth of his innocence will out, is not Donald Trump's MO. Trump evades investigation and screams witch hunt at every time because he is guilty. 

Voters know the difference. The comparison is appalling. Trump's refusal to take responsibility for his actions, his refusal to apologize and admit fault is presumptive guilt. No wonder why voters support the former governor who apologizes and admits fault. However, when he is falsely accused for political purposes, he will fight back through Attorney Glavin.  

    E. Jean Carroll intends to pursue rape charges against the former president, which have been swept under the rug until the defamation suit.
It appears obvious that AG James got sidelined when opportunity raised it's pretty head and that and most probably coaching and solicitations spun her head around and against Cuomo to produce a "guilty" product that leaked to the press would turn him from "the love gov" to a "leering, sexual dirty old man predator." Oh the poor victims, the poor victims. When you think victim, think the teens abused by Jeffrey Epstein, Trump's close pal. Think E. Jean Carroll, who Trump allegedly raped in a department store. Why would Cuomo tell James to investigate him if he were a "groper?" The man has the legal mind of a steal trap. But unfortunately, he is an innocent when it comes to the wickedness of his accusers, one of which stated about him in a text to the effect that...the former governor "has no idea of the web that he stepped into." What web? Who are the spiders? Why that metaphor? Double, double toil and trouble? Indeed!

Voters support the former governor. The press must write articles about Attorney Glavin's findings on YouTube, which you can see after Michelle Del Rey's article reprinted here.

The sexual harassment allegations leveled against former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last year didn’t phase Lana Odom, a resident of Sumter, S.C.

Nor did they bother Ina Fritz in Pateros, Wash., Martin Pellumbi from the Bronx, Robert Coffman of New York City or a Southern California woman who agreed to speak to the Times Union on the condition of anonymity.

In fact, Odom, a retired director at a center for at-risk youth, referred to them as a “farce.” As Odom put it, the accusations didn’t “sound like sexual harassment to me.”

Even after Cuomo resigned in August in the wake of a state attorney general’s report that concluded he’d sexually harassed multiple women, his support has remained steady among those who have dismissed the scandals that engulfed him as overblown or politically motivated.

That reverence was, in part, buoyed by nationally televised press briefings that Cuomo gave during the pandemic, and for many of his supporters it has also translated into donations, according to his campaign filings made public last week.

Indeed, the aforementioned supporters all have made small donations to Cuomo’s campaign — even though he has given no indication of running again for public office — with the largest single donation among the group at $100. Some of them were recurring.

Before he left office, the governor had been known to take big contributions from special interest groups, including industries with business before the state. Those dried up after the allegations surfaced.

Cuomo had previously struggled to attract small donors. In 2018, it was reported that 7 percent of the small donations that trickled into his campaign account were $1 contributions from someone that had the same address as one of his aides.

More contributions came from ex-Cuomo senior staffer Melissa DeRosa’s husband, Matthew Wing, also a former Cuomo aide, and her father, Giorgio DeRosa, a partner at the lobbying firm Bolton-St. Johns.

However, this time around, Cuomo didn’t need his staff’s family to boost his now-$16 million campaign war chest. After he started his daily COVID-19 briefings in early 2020, the governor amassed a legion of loyal supporters nationwide.

The money took care of itself. Filings show that the governor has raised almost $32,000 in small donations since his resignation on Aug. 10.

Fritz, 67, a retired quality control professional on the West Coast, was captivated by the daily press conferences that she watched with her rescue dog by her side.

“We set our alarm and we got up every morning, seven days a week, for month, to month, to month, to listen to what he had to say,” Fritz said.

Odom, 73, also watched the daily briefings and felt like Cuomo led the nation, relying on him more than she did her state’s own governor, Henry McMaster.

“The governor had so many positive things, and things you could do to not get this disease,” she said. “It was reassuring.”

The anonymous donor in California, a retired nurse, found Cuomo to be more favorable than former President Donald J. Trump, who at one point suggested that injecting disinfectants to ward off the virus might be worth examining, since they kill the virus on surfaces.

“I couldn’t believe that was actually coming out of our president’s mouth,” the donor said. “There’s a reason why on a bottle of bleach there’s a warning to not ingest it.”

In search of guidance, she began tuning into the Cuomo briefings. She found them calming, alleviating the stress she felt from a chaotic global pandemic.

“I can’t tell you how relieved I personally was that here was information that I could understand from my nursing point of view,” she stated. “And I thought, finally, somebody is speaking truth to power.”

In the Bronx, Pellumbi, a 55-year-old electrician, said he’s willing to give Gov. Kathy Hochul a chance, but would “absolutely” support Cuomo in another election.

What sets him apart from the other donors is that he’s on the fence over whether Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women. “I believe that a man has no right to touch a woman without her permission,” he said. “I believe he should know that, too.”

Different donors said they believe there wasn’t any proof to support the accusers’ claims, and said they thought the state attorney general’s report was “flawed.” One referred to the accusations as “character assassination.”

Coffman, 72, has been supporting the Cuomo family since 1977. He remembers when Andrew Cuomo won the Democratic primary for the attorney general’s race in 2006. He went down to his campaign headquarters and kissed him, he recalled.

Coffman said he plans to continue donating to the campaign and is optimistic about a potential run for public office by Cuomo.

“He ain’t dead yet,” he said. “He’s going to be resurrected to come back and play a significant role in New York state and American politics.”

All of the donors said they’d either stand behind the governor or wouldn’t mind supporting him in another gubernatorial or presidential race.

Some said they plan to continue donating, in hopes of a comeback.


The Democratic NY. AG's #metoo Smear of Former Governor Cuomo Exploited by Republicans Should be Outted

                         President Biden also told the former Governor to resign (courtesy of CBS) 

Why did the Democrats tell Andrew Cuomo en masse to resign when daily allegations were loosed upon the press proclaiming he was guilty of sexual predation and he wasn't even charged criminally? The blitzkreig against the former governor was a "free-for-all" led by media outlets attempting to top each other with salacious Cuomo details, that were questionable and leveled by women with credibility problems. Only, the press didn't bother to look at the mammoth ice formation under the surface in roiling, divisive political waters. The allegations were not scrutinized. They were designed to maximize shock and disgust and to uplift the intimidating #metoo power. At best, the near two week "revelations" were a tragic rush to judgment. Recently Rita Glavin, Cuomo's attorney has delivered a comprehensive, well-reasoned response on YouTube which all the media, even conservative media should pick up. 

But that is the last thing hyper right-wing Murdock "RED" Putinista backed media will do. I dare them to expose the lies Cuomo's accusers glibly rolled off their serpent tongues or scrutinize the skewed, hyper-discriminatory, one-sided "independent" investigation into former Governor Cuomo by AG James. That they won't even publish Attorney Glavin's response to the smears against the former governor indicates that they approve of the potentially libelous and slanderous allegations against Cuomo. Of course this would be their response toward any Democrat for that matter, regardless of their innocence, while touting Republicans as pure, regardless of their guilt and criminality. Criminals of a feather flock together.

Enough with the smear campaign against the former governor. James was forced to give over witness transcripts that she had been holding to allow the memory of "what Beverly Cammisso said he did," to percolate into voters' disgust, hurt and frustration. To her credit, Rita Glavin unravels the events that occurred from the beginning of Lindsey Boylan's attack on former Governor Cuomo and finalizes the crass reasons why James delivered such a shoddy, lop-sided report of an investigation which had the end result codified before credible evidence was revealed. The result was to make the allegations and reporting of them so loathsome that the former governor would be forced to resign after Democrats told him to.

   Announcing a "guilty" verdict when there wasn't a trial. AG Letitia James with Anne Clark to the left and Joon Kim, James' hand-picked investigators (courtesy of PBS New Hr, AP)

Reasons why AG James did this was so she could run for office in a craven, self-serving, Donald Trumpish, Republican move that is reprehensible...all in the middle of the pandemic (which the former governor led the state brilliantly through). James did not give over all the witness transcripts. But based on what James selected to hand over, Attorney Rita Glavin points out the lies of omission and commission, the twisted contradictions and the patent lack of credibility of: Lindsey Boylan, Charlotte Bennett and B. Cammissio (the woman who stated with contradictory dates that the former governor groped her). 

How James and others could have stooped toward such machinations and falsehoods with the intent of character assassination during a pandemic when the state was in jeopardy, the nation in jeopardy, is beyond demeaning to the #metoo movement. The negligence and a dereliction of duty by the legislature in not even reading the report and the transcripts out of fear that they, too, might be found guilty of a harassment 30 years ago in their lives is tragic.

                                                                          (courtesy of the site)

The #metoo movement lacks probity and credibility when fear vitiates scrutiny, ironically, a Democratic problem, not a Republican one. Republicans en masse from Trump to Gaetz ignore accusations. Steve Bannon, the Leninist destroyer of Democratic principles (while using the principles of the Bill of Rights hypocritically to fund raise) refers to #metoo laughably as "feminazis." Democrats take women seriously, even when Republicans use the movement for disreputable smear campaigns that Democrats feel forced to pick up to appear sanctified (Al Franken's smear taken up by Kristen Gillibrand).

Under the guise of purity, the #metoo movement is being used as a weapon of revenge, political warfare and more. This discredits all women, especially those who have been abused and violated and who, if the violator (like Trump) is Republican, are ignored, paid off or rendered invisible.

            E. Jean Carroll accused Donald Trump of rape in a department store (courtesy of the site)

Attorney Glavin states that women's allegations must be heard, but they must also be scrutinized. Why wasn't Charlotte Bennett, the demure, shy, posturing innocent presented in the media not scrutinized? Her background shows she was part of a smear campaign that had a Hamilton student kicked out for "sexual harassment," a charge she later recanted after the student sued Hamilton College. Glavin points out that counting her accusations against the former governor, Bennett is a three time serial sex accuser. And the press didn't see fit to read her transcripts for a more in-depth look at her or check into her background at Hamilton College? 

    Charlotte Bennett (courtesy of the site)

 Attorney Glavin shows in her video on YouTube (see links below) that Charlotte Bennett in angry texts referred to the former governor about his comment that her hair was in a bun; his comment does not rise to sexual harassment. She stated in a text to the effect that...the former governor "has no idea of the web that he stepped into." What web? Who are the spiders? Why that metaphor? Checking Bennett's two past accusations of male students at Hamilton College that she later said were false, she demonstrates a lack of credibility and maliciousness. There is nothing of this in the AG's report of the Governor which is a rosy, shining "he is guilty" kind of treatise backing up the women's allegations, indeed, fictional, unsupported. 

I am appalled if this is what AG James thinks is just and right. I am more appalled that the Democrats told former Governor Cuomo to resign when they didn't bother to scrutinize the testimony or read the report where there are glaring contradictions and there is obvious bias. James initially revealed 41 transcripts out of 179 transcripts in total. Attorney Glavin has yet to receive the entire trove of 138 transcripts from witnesses who challenged the credibility of Lindsey Boylan, Charlotte Bennett, Cammisso, McGrath and others. (October-December)

    Attorney Glavin in an announcement with power point presentation defending former Governor Cuomo (courtesy of the Cuomo team)   

 The Legislature, and Democrats who told former Governor Cuomo to resign, need to view all of the transcripts, watch Attorney Glavin's YouTube video, then apologize. Unfortunately, many in the legislature, like Ron Kim who ran to Fox News demanding Cuomo be impeached, demonstrate the craven, biased and toxic stew that Kim projected on the governor when he accused Cuomo of fomenting a toxic environment. Indeed, Glavin reveals it was Lindsey Boylan who was written up (2018) as being obstreperous (toxic) when working for Cuomo's administration. 

                    Governor Cuomo announcing his resignation (courtesy of the Governor's video)

That some members of the Democratic legislature of New York couldn't support the former governor in probity, and ran like scared rabbits, for fear of being targeted by #metoo guns, the Republicans/RNC (who encouraged the take-down of the former governor in the media) is hypocritical and weak. The Democrats' penchant to sanctimoniously sacrifice their own to Republicans baying for blood has to stop. Democrats embolden craven, unscrupulous, self-serving Republicans, reminding them of the benefits of standing together in a WALL against weak, fragmented, divided Democrats who cannot get bills passed to stand on solid ground together. 


    Kirsten Gillibrand told Al Franken to resign over a joke, an act applauded by the Republicans as Franken, a strong progressive resigned his senate seat. (courtesy of the site)

The Democratic House and the Democratic Senate must be in one accord, in support of all members. First, they must scrutinize carefully any allegations, instead of swallowing them whole, anxious to appear pristine. Appearing pure is disingenuous in a game of power which both parties play; it is as if Democrats forget they are currently the key game in town having won both House and Senate.

Democrats' sanctimonious clap trap using #metoo must stop. It demeans the women who have legitimate cause to speak out, women, who, under scrutiny, are credible. To support women employing a well-funded smear campaign against a powerful Democratic progressive is beyond stupid. It's all of a self-hating Democratic piece, a tragic one. Democrats must change, especially the women in the party, or they, more than ever, will let Republican fascism and racism dominate our landscape and undermine justice. They especially must educate women about #metoo and not allow the movement to be bastardized by Republicans or craven women looking to feather their own nests.

New York AG Letitia James (courtesy Roy Rochlin/Getty)

This is especially so of AG James who, if she had any fitness for the job of AG, would never have released such a partisan, flawed and one-sided report which even a child could see was self-serving. Indeed, she fund-raised on Long Island in the hope of running for governor as the biased transcripts of the women were strategically revealed one by one to the media. The "brilliant" campaign was gleefully received by Red Media and NY Republicans like unfit Lee Zeldin and Elise Stefanik (QAnon believer and January 6th insurrectionist that the former governor called out). And after Cuomo resigned, in prepping the populace for her campaign she later unlawfully leaked Sheriff Apple's charges (the alleged lie of "groping" of Ms. Cammisso) against the former governor. Only days later she announced her run for governor. 

There was a backlash to this announcement on Social Media. And indeed, it reveals her unsound judgment. This is not the behavior of someone I would vote for as governor, AG, or any political office. It stinks of Trumpist tactics. It has the whiff of toxicity, of dark, underhanded political machinations. Unless AG James apologizes and corrects the report adding the backgrounds of the women and their lack of credibility, she is proving herself unfit for office.

                                                                (courtesy of the site)                                                            

Finally, the #metoo movement must not be used as a political bludgeon. That in itself demeans every women who has been credibly attacked, raped, molested. The fastest way to discredit #metoo is what happened to Al Franken, the former Governor Cuomo and others. Without time and scrutiny, #metoo becomes reactionary, not progressive. As a bludgeon it is not a challenge to paternalism, but it is an attempt to make an equivalent. Equivalence is not justice to correct wrongs that have amassed for centuries. There should be an elimination of power games. There must be a consensus that neither men nor women must abuse and use sex for the purposes of character assassination and career lynching. #metoo is not the answer to the abuses of paternalism. Sound reasoning and education is the beginning of an answer which will take continuous, diligent effort to produce. 

Attorney Rita Glavin discussing the flawed, shoddy AG investigation on video.