Ocasio-Cortez: Detailed sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo 'painful to read'

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoEMILY's List announces early endorsement of Hochul Hochul jumps out to early lead in NY governor's primary: poll De Blasio privately says he plans to run for New York governor: report MORE (D) should face an independent investigation over accusations of sexual harassment from two former aides, one of the state's most prominent Democratic figures said Sunday.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention More than 200 women, transgender inmates to be transferred from Rikers Island MORE (D-N.Y.) joined the growing number of lawmakers from the state calling for  Cuomo to face an investigation that is not initiated or controlled by one of his appointees. The calls come after two former aides, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, separately accused Cuomo of unwanted sexual advances while they were employed by the state.

"Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett’s detailed accounts of sexual harassment by Gov. Cuomo are extremely serious and painful to read," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "There must be an independent investigation - not one led by an individual selected by the Governor, but by the office of the Attorney General."

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The comments from Ocasio-Cortez, along with similar remarks from White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden's Supreme Court reform study panel notes 'considerable' risks to court expansion DeSantis pledges to sue Biden administration over vaccine mandates Biden likely to tap Robert Califf to return as FDA head MORE on CNN's State of the Union" on Sunday, are the latest signs that Democrats will not circle their wagons around Cuomo as he faces dual scandals in the former aides' claims as well as findings that New York officials hid thousands of COVID-19-related nursing home deaths from state tallies.

New York City's Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioEMILY's List announces early endorsement of Hochul More than 200 women, transgender inmates to be transferred from Rikers Island Achieving equity through mediocrity: Why elimination of gifted programs should worry us all MORE (D), a political rival of Cuomo's, issued his own statement on Sunday calling on the governor to face two investigations over the scandals.

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"[T]he investigation into sexual misconduct must be led by someone fully independent of the governor," said the mayor.