WASHINGTON – An allegation of sexual harassment is a big deal for a politician.
A second allegation turns into a full-fledged crisis.
And a third – in less than a week – becomes unbearable for the politician and his political party, because no one knows when a fourth or fifth allegation might surface.
Such is the untenable political situation of Democratic Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who saw a third woman accuse him of harassment as the state attorney general began an investigation.
And that’s not too different from the situation Al Franken faced when he finally resigned his Senate seat.
There are now key differences between Franken’s and Cuomo’s situations.
On the one hand, there was not a cascade of calls for Cuomo’s resignation; so far, only one congressman from New York, Kathleen Rice, has asked for her resignation. (Notably, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, NY, wants the matter to be considered first.)
Additionally, Democrats are under less pressure to claim the high political position and make a stark contrast than they were during Franken’s situation in 2017 when Roy Moore was a Congressional candidate in Alabama and Donald Trump was president.
And Cuomo has never been a person willing to walk away, even in the face of a crisis that has become unmanageable.
But you have to ask the Democrats this question after the latest allegation against him: how could you ask – or accept – Franken’s resignation, but not do the …
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