Andrew Cuomo’s former press secretary claimed he told her he was reprimanded by his father for comparing the size of women’s breasts when he was a student.
Karen Hinton, who worked for Cuomo from 1997 to 2001 when he was Bill Clinton’s housing secretary, accused Cuomo in March of inappropriately hugging her in a California hotel room 21 years ago.
She wrote an essay about her time with Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, entitled Penis Politics, and the book that resulted from the essay will be released in December.
“When I was Andrew’s press secretary … he told me a story about when he was in college and his father Mario Cuomo was New York’s Secretary of State,” Hinton writes in a copy of the book that was obtained. by means of The New York Post.
Andrew Cuomo is seen with his father Mario in 2002 – two years after he left the Clinton White House, and when he first became governor. When Cuomo was still a student, Mario Cuomo scolded him for making fun of women’s breasts, according to a new book
The Cuomo family is pictured in September 1977, when Andrew (third from left) was 19. From left: Maria, 15, Madeline, 12, Andrew, 19, Margaret, 22, Mario Cuomo, Christopher, 7 – now a CNN anchor – and mother Mathilde
Andrew Cuomo, pictured in May this year, was forced to resign as governor in August after 11 women accused him of sexual misconduct
Andrew and a friend of his were standing next to his father’s state car, waiting for Mario to finish an event.
Student Andrew and his friend spent time comparing the characteristics of the breasts of women they knew: who had big tits, who had small ones, and the pros and cons of how they should interact.
Karen Hinton’s new book coming out in December
“They were beside themselves with laughter.
“The window came down. Unbeknownst to them, Mario was already in the car, hearing every word.
‘The laughter stopped.
“Mario Cuomo smoked. “Don’t ever talk about women like that again, whether I hear it or not,” Mario Andrew taught.
“No wink, wink, nod, nod from Mario Cuomo to his son.”
Hinton, who is married to another former Cuomo aide, Howard Glaser, said she recalled Cuomo’s anecdote when the then New York governor resigned on Aug. 10.
Cuomo had been accused of sexual harassment and assault by 11 women, and said in his resignation speech that he blamed their allegations on generational differences.
“In my mind, I didn’t cross the line with anyone,” Cuomo said. “But I didn’t realize how far the line had been drawn again.”
Karen Hinton worked as a press officer for Cuomo while in Washington DC as a member of Clinton’s cabinet
However, Hinton said she couldn’t believe Cuomo’s reasoning.
Andrew Cuomo told New Yorkers on the day he stepped down that ‘the lines’ on men’s behavior toward women had shifted as he got older,” she wrote.
“But Mario knew where the line was, even forty years earlier, and he tried to teach his son one future governor after another.”
Cuomo’s spokesperson, Rich Azzopardi, accused Hinton of making up a scandal to sell her book.
In 2018, when Ms Hinton wasn’t chasing headlines to sell a book, she wrote: ‘I’ve been lucky enough to have male bosses, like Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, who know how to even women should respect. while they are no-nonsense managers,” he said.
“Keep that in mind when measuring her credibility and this latest transparent attempt to rewrite history.”
Cuomo has been quiet since he left Albany and spent time at a friend’s house in the Hamptons.
He doesn’t have a house of his own, but his brother Chris, a CNN anchor, also lives nearby.
Cuomo posted a photo to Instagram in late September of himself on a boat off the coast of Long Island, with his dog, Captain.