With the emergence this week of yet another claim of sexual misconduct against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), calls for his resignation continue to mount – even from members of his own party – yet the silence from one particular corner of the political world remains deafening.
As Fox News reported, while talking to reporters on Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris did not respond to a request for comment on the growing Cuomo scandal, choosing instead to exit the room without even acknowledging the query.
After issuing remarks in response to the passage of the coronavirus relief package by the House of Representatives, Harris was asked if she had anything to say about the accusations swirling around the embattled governor, and rather than offering her thoughts on the matter, she swiftly bolted from the scene. Watch:
— Tim Perry (@tperry518) March 10, 2021
Harris’ reluctance to speak out on the claims against Cuomo stands in stark contrast to the staunch “believe all women” stance she adopted during the 2018 confirmation hearings of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
During those proceedings, then-Sen. Harris harangued Kavanaugh over the hazy, decades’ old allegations of misconduct lodged by Christine Blasey Ford, used the controversy as a campaign fundraising tool, and orchestrated a melodramatic walkout from the hearing room to demonstrate support the accuser, as Carrie Severino of the New York Post has noted.
Harris’ continued silence on the controversy comes as a sixth woman has gone public with a claim of sexual impropriety on the part of Cuomo. According to the Albany Times-Union, a female former aide says that she was groped by the governor inside the official residence after being called there to troubleshoot his cell phone.
According to New York Magazine, the list of notable figures who are now calling for either Cuomo’s impeachment or resignation has grown to include 20 of 42 state senators, numerous state assembly members, four members of the United States Congress and four New York City mayoral candidates.
Now that even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and White House press secretary Jen Psaki have gone on the record supporting an independent investigation of the accusations against Cuomo and have called those claims “serious and credible” and “incredibly uncomfortable,” respectively, Harris’ stubborn silence becomes more egregious and presumably more untenable by the day.