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Former Cuomo staffer turned Facebook exec helped smear Cuomo’s accusers

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By Jenny Goldsberry

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had a former staffer working at Facebook to smear his accusers according to the Attorney General’s report. Dani Lever was a communications director for Cuomo from 2014 to 2020. Then, she left to become a communications director at Facebook.

First, former aide Lindsey Boylan claimed in a February Medium post that Cuomo had engaged in inappropriate gestures, even including an unwanted kiss. In response, Communications Director Rich Azzopardi gave documents full of Boylan’s personal information to reporters. It was his way of trying to discredit her.

“Ms. Lever coordinated with some of the reporters who received the documents to let them know that the Executive Chamber would be sending them,” the report reads. At that point, she had been working for Facebook for months.

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Meanwhile, Lever other “advisors” including CNN anchor and brother Chris Cuomo never had official contracts with the governor to advise him. “None of them was officially retained in any capacity by the Executive Chamber or any of the individuals involved,” the investigators wrote. “Nonetheless, they were regularly provided with confidential and often privileged information about state operations and helped make decisions that impacted State business and employees — all without any formal role, duty, or obligation to the State.”

While working for the New York governor’s office, Lever even signed a statement denying that Cuomo ever made jokes about playing strip poker with state employees. However, there were other statements regarding the accusation she refused to sign. Later, when she participated in the investigation, she said she didn’t sign them because they amounted to “victim shaming” according to the report.

As a result, some are calling for her to lose her job at Facebook. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) called Lever out for “illegal professional retaliation against victims” in a tweet.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Uvalde, TX Mayor Calls Beto O’Rourke a ‘Sick Son of a B****’ After he Heckled Gov. Abbott’s Presser

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The vile act of politicizing horrific tragedies such as the Uvalde, Texas elementary school massacre, has been in full force. Democrat Beto O’Rourke “was escorted out of Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference Wednesday after he showed up and heckled the governor in the middle of an update on the elementary school massacre in Uvalde” reports The Blaze.

Beto is a former congressman from El Paso, Texas as well as a Democratic presidential nominee briefly for the 2020  elections. During his time, he campaigned hard on his support for a mandatory gun buyback scheme.

The Blaze reported on Beto’s behavior at Abbott’s press conference:

As Abbott was finishing his remarks to reporters, O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate for governor, stood up and began speaking about the need for gun control legislation.

“Excuse me,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said as O’Rourke ignored him and went on about how “the time has come to put a stop” to gun violence. O’Rourke did not have a microphone, and most of his comments were inaudible.

“Sit down!” shouted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as the Democrat kept speaking.

“You’re out of line and an embarrassment!” Patrick told O’Rourke, while others began raising their voices.

“You are doing nothing!” O’Rourke yelled at Abbott as police officers began to march him out of the room.

“You need to get his a** out of here, this isn’t the place to talk this over,” said Uvalde Mayor Don Mclaughlin, calling O’Rourke a “sick son of a b****.”

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