ANDREW Cuomo can be heard threatening to brand political rivals as being “better than a child rapist” in shocking newly revealed audio.
The New York Governor made the comments in an exchange with the leader of the Working Families Party Bill Lipton they backed Cynthia Nixon in her bid to unseat him.Andrew Cuomo threatened to brand opponents 'better than child rapists'Credit: AP He made the threat to Working Families Party leader Bill LiptonCredit: AP The party backed Cynthia Nixon's bid for GovernorCredit: Reuters
The left-leaning Working Families Party had backed Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon in a failed primary challenge against Cuomo in 2018
But Cuomo was furious with the party after it messaged its members to support him in the election saying “at least he’s better than a Republican”.
That led to a phone call with Lipton, audio of which has been obtained by the New York Times after Cuomo's office in February denied the child rapist remark.
In it Cuomo can be heard saying: “If you ever say, 'Well he's better than a Republican' again, then I'm going to say, 'You're better than a child rapist,' 'How about that?'”
The Working Families Party leader responded: “Governor, I apologize, but I gotta clarify one thing.
"You're free to say whatever you want, governor, but I just want to be clear. Our line is going to be that we have differences with you, but our differences with Republicans are far greater.”
Cuomo finishes off the conversation with the barb: “I think you're better than a child rapist. I just want you to know.”Nixon and her supporters attacked Cuomo in the primaryCredit: Reuters Alyssa McGrath is the latest woman to make allegations against CuomoCredit: Alyssa McGrath/Facebook
Cuomo's top advisor Richard Azzopardi said the Governor's choice of language was designed to show the offensive nature of some of his opponent's name calling.
"This three-year-old conversation happened after a very contentious political campaign where things were charged on all sides," he said in a statement.
“He doesn't remember it occurring, but from how it has been described he was clearly being hyperbolic to illustrate the offensive nature of the WFP's own name calling."
McGrath has detailed a number of unsettling interactions to the New York Times, saying Cuomo would often stare at her body, remark on her looks and make suggestive comments to her and another aide she worked with.
The 33-year-old said the governor would call her and a coworker "mingle mamas," and would create an unjust work environment where he would ask about her lack of a wedding ring and the status of her divorce.
She claims he told her she was beautiful in Italian and while she was in his office await some instructions, he would gaze at her and remark on her appearance.
McGrath is the first current aide in the governor's office to publicly come forward about allegations of harassment against Cuomo, joining six former aides, with the seventh accuser a journalist.
She also says when a former aide alleged the governor groped her breast, the aide told McGrath that encounter in detail.
Cuomo has denied any wrongdoing and instead claims he was trying to foster a healthy work relationship with people he viewed as friends that may have been misinterpreted.