For the reason that quite a few allegations of rape and sexual harassment towards Harvey Weinstein have come out, most Democratic politicians have made a big show of donating the cash they’ve acquired from Weinstein over time again to ladies’s organizations.
Everybody, that’s, apart from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is simply returning $50,000 of the $118,204 he has raised from Weinstein to an unspecified ladies’s charity. In case you’re counting, which means he’s lower than half sorry that he took cash from an alleged rapist.
According to Politico, Cuomo’s reasoning is that the cash has “been spent and is gone.” (Cuomo presently has $25.7 million sitting in his marketing campaign battle chest, based on the positioning.) He then gave the basic I Have Fathered Many Daughters line:
“That’s what that is actually about: It’s larger than Harvey Weinstein. I’ve three daughters — I wish to be sure that on the finish of the day, this world is a safer, higher world for my three daughters.”
Cuomo went on to clarify to reporters how he wasn’t lacking the purpose, everybody else was lacking the purpose goddammit!
“Entering into tiffs about Harvey Weinstein’s cash form of misses the purpose,” he stated. “Do you assist laws that penalizes sexual assault towards ladies? Do you assist laws that may cease campus sexual assaults, which is an epidemic on this nation that has been lined up for too lengthy? These are the questions that ought to be requested of those politicians. Now, they’d quite speak about Harvey Weinstein quite than speak about themselves.”
On one hand, Cuomo is correct—giving the cash again is a simple symbolic gesture (which makes his resolution to not give the cash again much more dumbfounding). It’s additionally a fairly biased controversy pushed by the GOP. However as Cuomo himself says, it’s what politicians really do to fight gender discrimination and promote feminine equality that issues extra. So what has the governor finished?
Sure, as talked about within the Politico article, Cuomo has championed a “Ladies’s Equality Agenda” and pushed for affirmative consent in New York’s faculty campuses. However Cuomo can also be broadly suspected to be instrumental in propping up the Independent Democratic Conference, a bunch of eight breakaway Democratic state senators who caucus with Republicans, successfully giving the latter occasion a majority within the State Senate that they wouldn’t in any other case have. Many see the IDC as the explanation why Democrats have been stymied of their efforts to move laws guaranteeing that girls have sturdy reproductive rights. (Presently, New York’s abortion legal guidelines predate Roe v. Wade.) The IDC additionally successfully retains Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senate Democratic minority chief, from being the primary black feminine senate majority chief within the state’s historical past.
After which there may be the infamous Ladies’s Equality Get together, a 3rd occasion that Cuomo created that’s largely seen as an effort to select off voters from the state’s progressive Working Households Get together. As Michelle Goldberg wrote in regards to the WEP (whose acronym is notably only one letter completely different from the WFP) in the Nation, “Cuomo’s creation of the Ladies’s Equality Get together is an try to make use of feminism towards the Working Households Get together, the actual champions of New York’s ladies.”
Even the political calculus right here is difficult to justify. The bottom bar for Democratic politicians to move is to offer the Weinstein a refund. It’s a bar, it appears, that Cuomo can’t even clear.
Replace, 6:26 p.m.: Basil A. Smikle Jr., chair of the New York Democratic Get together, introduced Thursday night that Cuomo will certainly return cash donated to his marketing campaign by Harvey Weinstein.