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‘With all due respect ma’am, that question is inappropriate’ – lawmaker slams reporter at Cuomo news conference

“Questions can be dangerous,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a news conference on Wednesday (July 14), after a reporter asked about sexual misconduct allegations made against the governor.

It all happened during the question and answer period following a news conference, where Cuomo and other state lawmakers outlined their plans to reduce skyrocketing gun violence in the state.

During the Q&A, a reporter asked New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie and New York State Assemblywoman Diana Richardson why they appeared with Cuomo at the news conference just four months after they issued a statement about sexual harassment allegations made against the governor.

The reporter, who was off camera, repeated their joint statement, saying “he’s not entitled to remain in the most powerful office in the state. And by his words and actions, he is irreparably damaged his trustworthiness and ability to lead while the rest of us twist in the wind, awaiting new and more disturbing allegations.”

In response, Richardson admonished the reporter and said, “With all due respect, ma’am, that question is inappropriate for the topic of this press conference.”

Richardson further reprimanded the reporter for asking a question she considered to be off-topic.

“As you have heard, eloquently put from my partners as well as the governor, we are in a state of emergency. This is not the time for us to be in our emotions and people’s personal endeavors. This is a time for us to be solution oriented and focused,” Richardson continued, while pushing both Senator Myrie and Governor Cuomo to the side.

Cuomo faces accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct leveled by at least seven women, including former aides.

(Production: Angela Moore)

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