NEW YORK—Brittany Ramos DeBarros, Democratic candidate for Congress in NY-11, released the following statement today on calls for the resignation of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“As a military veteran who has worked actively alongside current and former service members who have been assaulted, berated, and harassed by their superiors, I am familiar with this sort of behavior. Abuse by men in power is rampant, it’s systemic, and it’s unacceptable. For every man who gets away with this behavior, countless more end up believing it gives them permission to harm. It has to stop. Abuse and manipulation of women is disqualifying on its own. Combined with the report from the Attorney General that Cuomo lied to the public about nursing home COVID deaths, we are presented with a pattern of abuse of power—a system of interpersonal and societal harm that occurs when there is no accountability for the powerful.
The bottom line is that Andrew Cuomo simply cannot continue to hold his position as Governor of New York. There must be accountability.
I stand proudly with the brave women who have come forward to claim this truth and with all the women who have been harmed, but who cannot come forward for fear of their livelihoods and the stigma that society still associates with the survivors of harassment and assault. I echo the calls of the members of the New York congressional delegation who are calling for Cuomo’s resignation and/or removal from office, including Reps. Jamaal Bowman (NY-16), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Grace Meng (NY-6), and Jerry Nadler (NY-10).”
Brittany Ramos DeBarros is a proud Afro-Latina Staten Islander, community organizer, and combat veteran running for Congress in New York’s 11th District. She grew up in a deeply patriotic military family and entered the Army in order to help pay for college. DeBarros’ time in Afghanistan changed her mind about the war, as she came home angry, hurt, and feeling betrayed by a system that covered up greed and corruption with the veneer of freedom. She quickly realized that these same problems were happening at home, across the country and directly within her own community. DeBarros is determined to help lead the fight to build a better, more just world; the world that we deserve.