ALBANY – Despite numerous sexual harassment allegations, some donors continue to show loyalty to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The governor’s reputation has taken a downturn by allegations he sexually harassed women and misled the public about COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.
Investigations into allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed employees and other women, groped a current female aide, unlawfully used state resources for a $5.1 million book deal and minimized the state’s toll of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents are currently underway while Cuomo denies any wrongdoing.
However, the Democratic Party’s most reliable contributors say they will still donate to his campaign for his fourth term in office.
These contributors, including Larry Rockefeller, the Republican nephew of former Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and great-grandson of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller who says “We have due process in this country,” and will continue adding to the nearly $166,000 donated to Cuomo since 2009.
Though Cuomo resisted numerous calls for his resignation last March from a majority of state and federal Democratic lawmakers, polling still suggests that the governor lost some support from his party.
The full picture of whether the allegations hurt Cuomo with contributors might become clearer on July 15, when his campaign has to disclose donations made since January.
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