New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reportedly a possible candidate of the Democrats for President in the year 2020.
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To confront New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sparred with a female reporter Wednesday, after the journalist asked, to do what his government, sexual harassment in the state government.
Public radio reporter Karen DeWitt asked Cuomo whether he was considering new policies in the light of the national attention to sexual misconduct, as well as the recent resignation of Sam Hoyt, a state economic development official who was under investigation for harassment.
“You have to [harassment] within his own administration to Hoyt with Sam. What could you do differently to kind of pick up?” DeWitt asked Cuomo, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
“You have to do it in journalism,” Cuomo replied. “What are you going to do differently?”
“I think you missed the point,” Cuomo DeWitt said later in the exchange. When you say “it is the state government’, you do a disservice to the women, with all due respect, even if you’re a woman.”
Cuomo said that he feels that the questions about the state response to minimize the broader problem of sexual assaults, he said, is a problem in all industries and areas of society. “It is not the government. It is the society,” he said.
DeWitt pressed Cuomo for details about the state’s response. “I understand,” she said Cuomo after his comments about the extent of sexual harassment, “But you can simply a name for a thing?”
“No,” Cuomo said.
The Governor later clarified that he intended his remark about the need for a comprehensive, societal approach to the problem. He said he will address proposals for the solution of sexual harassment in his state of the state in the next month.
The state Republican party took Cuomo to task for the exchange with DeWitt, the imputation of a “bizarre talk to a journalist about sexual harassment.”
Several state legislators faced allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct in the last few years. Several women legislators have a new, uniform policy that all the elected officials and state employees, instead of the current patchwork policy in the Executive and legislative branches.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.