“Five months after his resignation, former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) still has more than $16.4 million in available campaign cash,” the Albany Times Union reports.
“Former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R) manipulated and sexually assaulted the teenage girlfriend of his younger brother when she was a student at the Christian academy where he taught, the woman said she has told police,” Bridge Michigan reports.
Zachary Gorchow breaks down the scandal: “First, he had sexual contact with his sister-in-law – yes, his sister-in-law – for years while married.”
“Second, Mr. Chatfield’s prolific fundraising and spending of that money is about to get rare scrutiny for a politician’s funds. In my nearly 20 years of covering Michigan government and politics, I have not seen any legislator who could raise money like he did, hauling in so much money that he created four PACs just so he could provide quadruple the maximum contribution to candidates he could with one PAC.”
“Third, while hypocrisy runs rampant in politics, Mr. Chatfield has taken that trait to a new extreme.”
New York Times: “Over the past few months, Mr. Cuomo has reached out to friends and associates to sound them out about the political landscape, and some who have spoken with him came away with the impression that he is interested in finding a way back to relevance in public life.”
“He was especially focused on how the Albany County district attorney, David Soares, would proceed, according to people who have been in touch with his camp, and likely sees the decision to drop the case as significant.”
Michigan State Police are investigating allegations of sexual assault involving former state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R), the Detroit Free Press reports.
Chatfield reportedly “had a sexual relationship with a girl that began about 11 years ago when she was about 15 and ended only recently.”
“The Albany County District Attorney’s office has said it wouldn’t move forward with a misdemeanor sex crime charge against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s closest advisors used a campaign finance aide to seek potentially damaging information on Lindsey Boylan, who has accused him of sexual harassment, CNBC reports.
“Andrew Cuomo’s top aide pulled a downright dirty — and possibly illegal — trick to try and impugn one of the then-governor’s sexual harassment accusers,” the New York Post reports.
“Cuomo’s right-hand aide Melissa DeRosa recruited a top MTA official as a spy to secretly record a phone conversation with an ex-executive staffer identified as ‘Kaitlin’ who subsequently became one of the governor’s accusers.”
“Éric Zemmour, the hard-right pundit who has broken into the French presidential race, was facing scandal yesterday with a report that his campaign director, who is 35 years his junior, is expecting his child,” the Times of London reports.
Politico reports that Zemmoir is suing the gossip magazine that broke the news.
A report by the New York State Assembly found “overwhelming evidence” that former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) engaged in sexual harassment and used state workers and resources for his memoir, the Washington Post reports.
The report also faulted his administration for undercounting the deaths at nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic.
New York Magazine: “The idea of Andrew Cuomo giving up power was so contrary to his character that some in Albany feared he might somehow reverse himself after announcing his resignation and dare Albany to actually impeach him. Many more in New York politics worry he will use the $18 million sitting in his campaign’s war chest to run again or retaliate against his enemies. One Albany lawmaker, who requested anonymity owing to their fear of reprisal, said they are concerned Cuomo could bankroll an opponent in their district. Those who know him say they doubt he’ll mount an imminent comeback but said he is keeping his options open.”
Said Cuomo: “I don’t know what the future holds. I’m at peace. Look, it’s simple: I trust the people and the truth will win out.”
“Cuomo’s routine hasn’t changed much since he left office: consuming television news and phoning both allies and journalists.”
“The sex-crime case against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo was thrown into doubt on Friday after the Albany County district attorney wrote an extraordinary letter to the court in which he characterized a criminal complaint as ‘potentially defective’ because it did not include a sworn statement by the victim that would allow a prosecution to proceed,” the New York Times reports.
“An attorney for Andrew Cuomo on Saturday suggested the county sheriff’s office that has filed a misdemeanor sex complaint against the former New York governor leaked secret grand jury testimony to the press,” Reuters reports.
“A complaint for forcible touching has been filed against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Albany City Court,” the New York Times reports.
However, the Albany Times Union reports it was “erroneously issued” and “was issued without the consent of the alleged victim, Brittany Commisso, or her attorney, Brian Premo.”
Former Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), who has been lying low since her congressional career blew up in scandal, tells Vanity Fair she’s expecting her first child.
Said Hill: “My life is still clearly disheveled. I don’t have a clear plan… Planning for having a kid was not there.”
“Once powerful former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Wednesday over Hastert’s refusal to pay $1.8 million in exchange for the man’s silence,” the AP reports.
“The man who has sued former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert, seeking the unpaid balance of an alleged $3.5 million hush-money pact over decades-old sexual abuse, will be named publicly during an upcoming civil trial,” the Chicago Tribune reports.
“If I were to fall dead right here, my obituary in tomorrow’s papers wouldn’t be that good.”
— Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), quoted by the Chicago Tribune.
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