Life keeps getting worse for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Not only was he caught lying about COVID numbers in nursing homes, but now a former staffer is speaking out about her terrible experiences working under him. Lindsey Boylan spoke out on Medium, where she recounted her horrific experiences.
“Let’s play strip poker” isn’t something you’d normally expect to hear from an employer. But Boylan says that that’s exactly what happened on an October 2017 flight home from an event in Western New York — on a taxpayer-funded jet, no less.
We were flying home from an October 2017 event in Western New York on his taxpayer-funded jet. He was seated facing me, so close our knees almost touched. His press aide was to my right and a state trooper behind us.
“That’s exactly what I was thinking,” I responded sarcastically and awkwardly. I tried to play it cool. But in that moment, I realized just how acquiescent I had become.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected. His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right. He used intimidation to silence his critics. And if you dared to speak up, you would face consequences.
“I’m compelled to tell my story because no woman should feel forced to hide their experiences of workplace intimidation, harassment and humiliation — not by the Governor or anyone else,” Cuomo’s victim writes. She says that she expects a bunch of Cuomo’s sycophants to attack her like Biden’s did with Tara Reade.
Boylan says she tried to speak up after Cuomo kissed her without her consent, but was “reprimanded” for her decision to stand up for herself. “After that, my fears worsened,” Boylan says. “I came to work nauseous every day.”
“My relationship with his senior team — mostly women — grew hostile after I started speaking up for myself,” she adds. “I was reprimanded and told to get in line by his top aides, but I could no longer ignore it.” She felt it necessary to quit because of the harassment she faced.
Cuomo’s victim says she truly began to “fear” him in December 2016, when the inappropriate gestures became more frequent — complete with references to Monica Lewinski with a cigar box Clinton gifted Cuomo used as a prop. Apparently the governor had become convinced that she looked like a rumored ex-girlfriend of his — so much so that he began calling her “Lisa,” the woman’s name, around the office. And then, of course, there was the kiss.
Cuomo is a horrible human being. It’s good that someone is brave enough to speak out about it.