Farewell party? Pritzker latest Democrat to urge New York governor to step down: ‘Gov. Cuomo should resign’

Pritzker joins a growing group of Democrats, including President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who’ve called for Cuomo to resign since the release of findings from a nearly five-month investigation by the New York Attorney General.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, makes a statement in a pre-recorded video released Tuesday; Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, right, listens at a news conference last year. 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, makes a statement in a pre-recorded video released Tuesday; Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, right, listens at a news conference last year.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday Andrew Cuomo should resign after the release of a damning report that concluded the three-term New York Democratic governor sexually assaulted nearly a dozen women.

At an unrelated news conference Wednesday afternoon, Pritzker said “yes, Gov. Cuomo should resign” when asked about the fellow Democrat. Pritzker did not elaborate.

The Illinois governor joins a growing group of Democrats, including President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who’ve called for Cuomo to resign since the release of findings from a nearly five-month investigation by the New York attorney general.

That investigation concluded that 11 women — both in and out of state government — said Cuomo touched them inappropriately, commented on their appearance or made suggestive comments.

“These interviews and pieces of evidence revealed a deeply disturbing yet clear picture: Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees in violation of federal and state laws,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, center, discusses the findings Tuesday of an independent investigation into accusations by multiple women that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed them.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, center, and independent investigators Anne L. Clark, left, and Joon H. Kim present the findings Tuesday of an independent investigation into accusations by multiple women that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed them.

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In a taped response, Cuomo said he “never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”

“That is just not who I am and that’s not who I have ever been,” Cuomo said.

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