A gaggle of “Cuomosexuals” have fashioned a web based fan group for embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo — and say they’ve been bombarding a state hotline set as much as report allegations in opposition to to governor, in keeping with a brand new report.
Fans fashioned the Facebook web page “Women for Governor Cuomo” a couple of month in the past — with some members urging folks to confront his accusers on-line, attend pro-gubernatorial rallies and assist fund supportive adverts, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
The group boasts greater than 1,100 followers, largely girls over age 55, a few of whom say they’ve been calling the hotline and leaving messages in his protection.
“Support for the governor is what brought us all together,” mentioned Pamela Morley, a 41-year-old upstate theater director who serves as one of many Facebook group’s moderators.
Cuomo, a divorced 63-year-old dad, has been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct, together with groping and kissing, by a slew of women, many former aides.
The governor — who gained a big primarily feminine following, dubbed the “Cuomosexuals,” over his once-daily COVID-19 briefings — has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
He responded to the allegations in opposition to him once more final week by saying that whereas he has “touched people,” it solely concerned things like shaking palms, not undesirable sexual advances.
Morley recommended that Cuomo’s kissing of girls on the cheeks and palms is simply a part of his Italian heritage.
“It’s nothing new,” she informed the Journal.
Another Facebook fan-club chief, Sandy Behan, 68, insisted of the allegations in opposition to Cuomo, “There’s nothing that an HR skilled couldn’t have dealt with.
“One of the issues they mentioned was he gave everybody roses on Valentine’s Day. I feel that’s an excellent factor,’’ she mentioned.
A Facebook member posted a letter final month that she mentioned she obtained from Cuomo thanking her for her efforts on his behalf, in keeping with the outlet.
“Please be sure to pass along my sincere gratitude to other members of your group,” the governor reportedly mentioned within the observe.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi didn’t dispute the missive to the Journal — though he insisted that nobody from the governor’s workplace or his marketing campaign was concerned within the group’s actions.
“The people of this great state know [Cuomo] works night and day for them, and — while we believe that negative discourse should be discouraged on every side — to the extent there are those outwardly supportive of our efforts, we appreciate it and thank them,” Azzopardi mentioned.
The Facebook web page will not be all about pro-Cuomo activism.
“Love seeing the sun in his face,” a girl gushed as she posted pictures of the governor at an out of doors press convention, the WSJ mentioned.
But a core group of about 10 of the ladies meet on weekly Zoom calls to plot their subsequent course of actual motion within the governor’s protection, Morley mentioned.
Some members really feel that the accusations in opposition to Cuomo are politically motivated, whereas others don’t suppose they’re worthy of attainable impeachment, Morley mentioned.
At least two different pro-Cuomo teams have sprung up on Facebook up to now few weeks, the Journal famous.
Lindsey Boylan — a former Cuomo aide who has accused him of as soon as kissing her with out warning and joking that he would “mount” her if she have been a canine — decried among the social-media posts that among the “Women for Governor Cuomo” have put out.
“Online attacks like the ones I’ve received perpetuate a culture that makes it difficult for survivors to talk about the harassment and abuse they’ve experienced,” she informed the Journal in an announcement.
“We should hold our leaders accountable for their abuses rather than tear down those who have the courage to speak truth to power.”