WASHINGTON, DC – Tina Tchen, the CEO of Time’s Up Now, resigned in disgrace in August, after it was determined that her team had advised one of Andrew Cuomo’s senior aides during the investigation into his sexual harassment charges.
Now, the board has decided that everyone needs to go. They aren’t shutting the doors, they are reorganizing and bringing in people they believe will actually support victims rather than provide assistance to their victimizers.
— TIME'S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) November 19, 2021
The reason that was so disgraceful? In their words, taken from the About section of their website:
“We insist upon a world where everyone is safe and respected at work. A world where women have an equal shot at success and security. A world where no one lives in fear of sexual harassment or assault.
By helping change culture, companies, and laws, TIME’S UP Now aims to create a society free of gender-based discrimination in the workplace and beyond. We want every person — across race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, and income level — to be safe on the job and have equal opportunity for economic success and security.
TIME’S UP Now is an independent, nonpartisan, and not-for-profit 501(c)(4) charitable organization.”
The group was founded by numerous women from both sides of the camera in Hollywood, after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. Unfortunately, they missed the nonpartisan piece.
Tchen, allegedly told her team to hold off on a plan to publicly support former Cuomo staffer Lindsey Boylan.
She was the first to reveal the treatment she had received from the former New York governor, who resigned after the New York Attorney General found the accusations against Cuomo credible.
The non-profit had employed a team of at least 26 people, all women. The board of directors, which includes actress Ashley Judd, has given terminated them all, but will reportedly pay them all through March 1, 2022.
But their political rhetoric was not just confined to the state of New York.
In an op-ed written by interim CEO Monifa Bandele, discussing the major “reset” for the group, she revealed that there was little nonpartisan ideology:
“Our organization – one built on centuries of women fighting for equal rights – had been fueled by women from diverse backgrounds and across the wage scale collectively saying, “TIME’S UP.”
The momentum was palpable. The amplification of so many survivors, who had been fighting for so long, was necessary.
It was a moment after a man had won an election – despite being recorded saying, in a vulgar way, that he had grabbed a woman – to be the president of the United States of America.
His election tore open wounds we carry deeply. We all know life in America is not just. Regardless of the words of elected leaders, systemic racism and sexism permeates every aspect of our society. The raw, blatant misogyny of the situation was visceral.”
So, the group was founded in part because a conservative figure they deemed to be a victimizer was elected President. They then, however, supported and advised a liberal governor who had substantiated claims and credible evidence of years of sexual harassment.
We tried to dig a little deeper into the members of the board.
The only two we have been able to identify are Gabrielle Sulzberger and Ashley Judd, who is known for her acting career and being an outspoken activist.
We know that, according to her LinkedIn profile, she is currently serving on the board for multiple organizations, including Chairman of the Board for True Food Kitchen. Others are Mastercard, Acorns, Ford Foundation (which is far-left) and Brixmor Property Group.
She has also served as Chairman of the Board for Whole Foods.
It is interesting that Sulzberger would be comfortable being called a chairman, rather than chairwoman.
But, noticeably absent from her profile, her time with Time’s Up Now. To be fair, we cannot tell how long it has been since she updated her account.
It didn’t bode well for the group that many of their board members also resigned in light of the Cuomo advisement scandal. The former governor has alluded to making another run for office.
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Not satire: Accused sex predator Andrew Cuomo considering run for his old NY Attorney General post
ALBANY, NY- According to sources close to the situation, Andrew Cuomo (D) is reportedly considering a run for the state attorney general position he held before serving as governor for the state of New York.
— Bre * #BidenIsADisaster #BringBackTrump (@BrendaA24168120) November 15, 2021
On Friday, November 12th, the Post reported that 24-hours prior, several of Cuomo’s confidants had mentioned, to both elected Democratic officials and party insiders, that Cuomo is thinking about running for attorney general in 2022. A person with direct knowledge said:
“People in Cuomo’s orbit are tossing it out there. They’re floating it … and gauging people’s reactions.”
Current Attorney General (AG) Letitia James has announced her candidacy for governor, leaving the role of AG wide open.
Even as Cuomo’s reputation sunk further, after being forced to resign amid an Albany impeachment probe and findings of an investigation by James’ office that claimed he sexually harassed several female staff members, his campaign coffers “remain high.”
Reportedly, the former governor has $18 million in his war chest and he can deploy it on any political race he chooses to enter.
That amount of cash could give him a serious advantage compared to other possible AG candidates. In 2018, James won the race handily with $1 million, just a fraction of Cuomo’s cash.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi denied that his boss was considering a run for attorney general, a post he held from 2007 to 2010. He said in a statement:
“There is a ton of idle speculation out there and we can’t control if we continue to take up valuable real estate in people’s heads.”
— James Cooper (@stratosphere53) November 15, 2021
In an interview with New York Magazine, which was released on Friday, November 11th, Cuomo stated he would not rule out any future plans for political office. He added:
“I don’t know what the future holds. I’m at peace. Look, it’s simple: I trust the people and the truth will come out.”
According to reports, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has privately told people he plans to mount a bid for governor of New York in 2022. The report stated in part that de Blasio has spoken with trusted former aides about their interest in working on a potential campaign.
de Blasio addressed rumors of a possible gubernatorial campaign during a recent appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, saying:
“I want to keep serving in one way or another in the future. I believe in public service. I’ve done it my whole life. I want to keep working on crucial issues and causes. I want to keep serving in one way or another in the future, so I’m going to look at different options. Absolutely.”
NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Files Paperwork for New York Governor Run https://t.co/zDueuDvwlU
— Brian Keith Davis (@kbdavis007) November 5, 2021
His longtime pollster conducted a private survey to assess de Blasio’s appeal beyond New York City. However, de Blasio has been mocked over his alleged plans to run for governor. Rich Schaffer, chairman of the county’s Democratic committee, said in a statement:
“Osama bin Laden is probably more popular in Suffolk County than Bill de Blasio. de Blasio, I would say, would have zero support if not negative out here.”
Additionally, former Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) of Harlem stated that he did not want to get “involved in anything that would be negative,” and he could not conjure up “anything positive” about a potential de Blasio bid.
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And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
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‘It was a sex crime’: Criminal complaint charging former NY Governor Cuomo has been filed
October 29th, 2021
ALBANY, NY- According to reports, on Tuesday, October 26th, a criminal complaint charging former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo with a misdemeanor sex offense, was filed in court. This is the first prosecution stemming from a misconduct scandal that led to his resignation.
Andrew Cuomo Charged with Sex Crime in Albany City Court https://t.co/pTEiFDK5jF
— InHisImage (@CarterKvbbiz) October 29, 2021
The filing from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, accusing Cuomo of groping a woman under her blouse, has since been confirmed by a spokesman for the New York state courts. In an email statement, Lucian Chalfen referred to the alleged offense as a “sex crime.”
Investigator Amy Kowalski wrote that Cuomo “knowingly and intentionally” committed the crime of forcible touching, which is a class A misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to a year in jail and is bail eligible. The complaint reads:
“Andrew M. Cuomo did intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim and onto her intimate body part.”
According to the sheriff’s office, Cuomo is due to appear in court on November 17th. Cuomo’s lawyer, Rita Glavin, said in a statement to local media outlets that he was innocent and questioned Sheriff Craig Apple’s handling of the case, adding, “he didn’t even tell the district attorney what he was doing.” She added:
“This is not professional law enforcement; this is politics.”
— lb (@lb_beth) October 29, 2021
Reportedly, Cuomo’s accuser had not yet consented to press charges and the complaint was erroneously filed after investigators met with court officials simply to start the process of obtaining a criminal complaint. Albany County District Attorney David Soares said in a statement:
“Like the rest of the public, we were surprised to learn today that a criminal complaint was filed.”
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said that the idea of the sheriff “accidentally” filing a criminal complaint “doesn’t pass the laugh test.” He said that the filing “reeks of Albany politics and perhaps worse.” He added:
“The truth about what happened with this cowboy sheriff will come out.”
Cuomo resigned as governor in August after over 10 years in office, following a probe detailed in a 168-page report that found he had sexually harassed 11 women. New York Attorney General Letitia James said a five-month independent investigation concluded that Cuomo had engaged in conduct that violated multiple federal and state laws.
Her office did not pursue criminal charges, but local prosecutors in several counties, including Albany, said after the report’s release that they were looking into the matter and requested evidence from the independent inquiry.
A spokesman for Andrew Cuomo is slamming New York Attorney General Letitia James after the former governor was charged with a misdemeanor sex crime.https://t.co/Pu0iiW2wNT
— Newsmax (@newsmax) October 29, 2021
In a statement on Thursday, October 28th, James said:
“From the moment my office received the referral to investigate allegations that former Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, we proceeded without fear or favor. The criminal charges brought today against Mr. Cuomo for forcible touching further validate the findings in our report.”
The former governor has long denied any wrongdoing, though he has also said that he accepts “full responsibility” for what he called ill-conceived attempts to be affectionate or humorous. In announcing his resignation, he said:
“In my mind, I’ve never crossed the line with anyone, but I didn’t realize the extent to which the line has been redrawn.”
Albany sheriff expresses confidence in case against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo https://t.co/wVkaUjfymn
— Galla Go (@galla_go) October 29, 2021
The charge sparked celebration from Mariann Wang, a lawyer representing two other alleged harassment victims, who said the disgraced politician is “being held to account as he should be.” She added:
“We hope that all men who abuse their power by abusing women will see this and understand that there will be real consequences to their profoundly damaging behavior.”
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