While Governor Cuomo is touring upstate New York in a ‘Women’s Equality Bus,’ his Republican challenger will have a bus of his own tailing them, complete with a sign reminding voters that Cuomo and his political ally, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, have allowed sexual harassment in Albany to flourish.
Via the Observer:
It’s not quite the Magic School Bus.
But Rob Astorino, the Republican taking on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is sending a “Shelly Silver Express” van to tailgate Mr. Cuomo’s bus tour through several upstate cities this Saturday. Mr. Astorino’s latest campaign ploy, meant to mock Cuomo ally Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for his handling of sexual harassment scandals among his legislators, also skewered Mr. Cuomo’s attempt to knock his record on women’s issues and belittle his socially conservative views.
“Sheldon Silver survived as Speaker because Andrew Cuomo protected him,” Mr. Astorino, the Westchester County executive, said. “Mr. Cuomo showed zero regard for the victims of these sex crimes, choosing instead to prop up a political crony by burying an investigation — a habit that continues to this day. Mr. Cuomo needs to explain at every stop of his tour Saturday whether equality was extended to Mr. Silver’s victims.”
A van emblazoned with an arrow pointing at Mr. Cuomo’s “Women’s Equality Express” tour bus will tail Mr. Cuomo’s bus Saturday as he travels through Albany, Syracuse and Rochester, the Astorino campaign said. The sign on the van will read on both sides: “Ask Andrew Cuomo Why He Let Sheldon Silver Off The Hook In Albany Sex Assault Scandals.”
We have a man in the Governor who rolls out a 10-point Women’s Equality Act, and simultaneously is unable to muster enough spine to call for Silver’s resignation when it is revealed he has allowed sexual harassment to expand under his leadership.
One has to wonder how leadership on women’s rights issues can generate from a state whose leader can not summon the political courage to denounce actions which have been found to encourage harassment of women. Actions which led one journalist to refer to the Capitol of New York as “the most sexually abusive workplace in the nation”.
Silver and Cuomo have consistently swept sexual harassment complaints under the rug, with Silver continually using taxpayer funds to placate victims. By extension, they have allowed these unprofessional and abhorrent behaviors to be perpetrated upon other victims. They have proven willing to sacrifice ethics for his allies in government.
Silver has been a panderer to predators, and should have resigned long ago. But thanks to Governor Cuomo’s inaction regarding these women’s harassment cases, Silver and his anti-woman agenda have carried on.