The New York State Republican Party announced Monday that it donated a $10,000 contribution from billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn to a charity that fights sexual violence — but not before accusing state Democrats of hypocrisy for issuing a statement demanding the money be returned.
“Unlike Gov. Cuomo who initially refused to return more than $100,000 from known creep Harvey Weinstein and wound up being the last person in the country to return his tainted money, we made the decision to donate Mr. Wynn’s money on the same day the allegations broke,” said state GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud.
Wynn stepped down Saturday as Republican National Committee finance chair in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him.
Proud said New York Democrats have too much of their own baggage on sexual misconduct to lecture anyone on the issue.
“We don’t need a lesson on ethics from corrupt Gov. Cuomo who protected predators like Sam Hoyt and Vito Lopez,” Proud said. Cuomo’s office hired the married Hoyt, a former Buffalo Assemblyman, as an economic development official in 2011 even though he was previously reprimanded for having an affair with a 23-year-old legislative intern.
Hoyt resigned from his state job with the Cuomo administration last October after a state government worker accused him of harassment and it was revealed he paid $50,000 in hush money. He denied the accusation.
Lopez, the former Assemblyman and one-time powerful chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, was forced to resign ahead of a chamber vote to expel him after a stinging report found he had sexually harassed at least eight young staffers in his office.
Proud was responding to a statement from state Democrats, claiming the state GOP has ignored sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump and Roy Moore.
“After sitting on the sidelines while dozens of women accused Roy Moore and Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, any Republican seeking the votes of New Yorkers come November must immediately denounce this reprehensible conduct and join the call for the State GOP to return this dirty [Wynn] money,” said state Democratic Executive Director Geoff Berman.
Berman claimed that state GOP chairman Ed Cox had been “stunningly silent” on whether he would return the $10,000 from Wynn.
But Proud said the decision was made internally last Friday. She said the tainted $10,000 will be donated to the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault.
Source: NY Post (Carl Campanile)
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