Ex-CNN star Chris Cuomo “could often be a d–k” to staffers who ended up advising his brother, Andrew Cuomo, as they grappled with the sexual harassment allegations that at some point introduced down the former New York governor, in accordance to a new guide.
“I perform in the media, you do not,” Chris Cuomo was noted to have informed his brother’s advisers very last 12 months throughout the throes of the scandal that eventually led Andrew to resign the governorship.
“I know this business, you really don’t,” the former “Cuomo Key Time” host is documented to have reported.
The statements have been built by Lis Smith, the Democratic Party political strategist who was part of the team advising the then-governor.
Smith, a former spokesperson for ex-New York Metropolis Mayor Monthly bill de Blasio, is the creator of a reserve titled “Any Supplied Tuesday: A Political Love Tale.” The e-book, revealed by Harper, is due out on July 19.
Before she served as an informal adviser to Andrew Cuomo, Smith’s title designed headlines for her marriage with then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Chris Cuomo was fired by CNN previous yr soon after it was acquired that he was part of his brother’s interior circle of advisers who ended up encouraging the then-governor with his communications approach.
The CNN anchor’s intimate involvement in Andrew Cuomo’s arrived to mild thanks to a report performed by New York Condition Legal professional General Letitia James.
James’ report claimed that Chris Cuomo used his push connections to enable his brother’s employees pry into the past of a lady who accused him of inappropriately touching her – and then participated in approach periods aimed at supporting the governor defeat the sexual harassment scandal that eventually forced him to resign.
Chris Cuomo himself was accused of sexual misconduct by a younger intern at ABC Information who alleged that she was assaulted sometime in 2011. Cuomo has denied the allegation.
Chris Cuomo was fired by his then-manager at CNN, network president Jeff Zucker. Weeks after the firing, Zucker would himself move down right after it was figured out that he had been carrying on a consensual partnership with his top rated internet marketing officer, Allison Gollust.
In an excerpt released by Politico on Friday, Smith explained how Chris Cuomo was a moderating impact on his more mature brother, who was eager to undertake a scorched earth campaign to discredit the gals who were accusing him of sexual misconduct.
Andrew Cuomo resigned from place of work very last August following various women accused him of sexual harassment.
He denied allegations he touched females inappropriately, including a demand by one particular aide that he groped her breast, and claimed his accusers experienced misconstrued remarks he’d meant to be friendly banter.
“[The governor] wished to accuse [the woman who alleged he groped her in the governor’s mansion] of acquiring monetary motivations,” Smith writes.
“He required to expose her for hiring a infamous Albany-space ambulance chaser. He wanted to go soon after her character head-on…”
Smith recalls that it was Chris Cuomo who “finally bought him to back again off.”
According to Smith, the previous CNN anchor “was quite often the final bulwark from his brother’s worst instincts.”
She wrote: “He could be extra direct with Andrew than any of us could be. He leveled with him on phone calls, telling him in no uncertain terms that his behavior was inappropriate, that he required to be more apologetic and that he could hardly ever, at any time appear across like he was attacking his accusers.”