Six months after he resigned his position as New York Governor over sexual harassment allegations, Andrew Cuomo hinted at a political comeback in remarks at a Brooklyn church on Sunday.
Cuomo paid a visit to the Brooklyn church on Sunday, delivering a speech in which he condemned “cancel culture.” The public appearance, which is his first since leaving office, came a week after Cuomo’s campaign launched a digital and television advertising campaign pushing a similar message: He was driven from office unfairly.
Cuomo quoted the Bible several times as he described his travails then went on the offensive to attack the “political sharks” in Albany who, he said, “smelled blood” and exploited the situation for political gain.
“The actions against me were prosecutorial misconduct,” Cuomo said, repeating a theme he has pushed from the outset. “They used cancel culture to effectively overturn an election.”
Democratic State Attorney General Letitia James, who released the report last summer that concluded Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, lashed out at Cuomo for his comments.
“Serial sexual harasser Andrew Cuomo won’t even spare a house of worship from his lies,” James said in a statement. “Even though multiple independent investigations found his victims to be credible, Cuomo continues to blame everyone but himself.”
Cuomo resigned in August, days after an independent probe found he sexually harassed nearly a dozen women and that he and aides planned to retaliate against an accuser. On Sunday, Cuomo acknowledged his behavior was not acceptable, but quickly added that he did not break the law.
“I didn’t appreciate how fast the perspectives changed,” he said. “I’ve learned a powerful lesson and paid a very high price for learning that lesson. God isn’t finished with me yet.”
Cuomo used his platform Sunday mostly to condemn a social media-fueled climate he said is growing and dangerous. “Any accusation can trigger condemnation without facts or due process,” he said. “We are a nation of laws, not a nation of tweets. Woe unto us if we allow that to become our new justice system.”
Cuomo used Biblical metaphor of crossing a bridge to describe his journey, Cuomo hinted he won’t stay out of the spotlight. “The Bible teaches perseverance, it teaches us to get off the mat,” he said. “They broke my heart but they didn’t break my spirit. I want to take the energy that could have made me bitter and make us better.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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