Leading female Democratic pols largely stayed silent Thursday on the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo — even though some have been outspoken on the subject in the past.
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was among the elected officials who didn’t respond to requests for comment on the claims made by former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan.
Gillibrand’s reluctance to weigh in on the escalating scandal came despite having advocated a “zero-tolerance” policy that helped force Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota to resign his Senate seat in 2017.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who also called on Franken to resign when she was a senate colleague from California, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the usually voluble Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-The Bronx, Queens) were also mum following inquiries from The Post.
Former New York senator and failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton didn’t respond to a similar request for comment, Fox News reported.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) issued a prepared statement in which she said, “All survivors of harassment and assault deserve to be heard and…have their case thoroughly investigated.”
By contrast, she tweeted “#BelieveWomen” in support of Christine Blasey Ford during Senate confirmation hearings over Brett Kavanaugh’s successful, 2018 nomination to the US Supreme Court.
Boylan on Wednesday accused Cuomo of kissing her “on the lips” without warning in 2018 and saying, “Let’s play strip” poker during an October 2017 flight on his official state jet.
The claims added detail to allegations she first made in a series of tweets in December.
At that time, Cuomo denied the accusations as “just not true.”
He hasn’t personally addressed her latest allegations, but his his press secretary, Caitlin Girouard, said Wednesday, “As we said before, Ms. Boylan’s claims of inappropriate behavior are quite simply false.”
Girouard also released a joint statement from four current and former aides – John Maggiore, Howard Zemsky, Dani Lever and Abbey Fashouer Collins — who she said joined Cuomo for the Oct. 2017 flights on which Boylan was also a passenger.
“We were on each of these October flights and this conversation did not happen,” the statement said.