'Resign Now!' Billboard Appears Amid Andrew Cuomo's Sexual Harassment Scandal
Gun store owner who erected the sign says the Democrat governor is a 'liar'
An Albany-area gun store owner is calling for the immediate resignation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo with a new billboard and the recent allegations of sexual harassment engulfing him.
The owner of American Shooter Supply, Brian Olesen, told The New York Post he originally put up the message "Impeach!" criticizing the governor for nearly 15,000 deaths in nursing homes.
But the newest allegations that Cuomo inappropriately spoke to a 25-year-old ex-aide, Charlotte Bennett, and another former staffer was the last straw.
Olesen changed the billboard to read:
"Resign Now!" in massive, red lettering, with a photo of Cuomo’s face below.
"I think that a lot of New Yorkers understand there’s a sense of urgency here in regards to Governor Cuomo," Olesen said.
"We know he’s a liar; we know he’s a bully," he explained to The Post.
"Now he’s being accused of being a sexual predator.
"We have 15,000 fatalities in nursing homes [and other long-term care facilities] that he’s lied to us about. When are New Yorkers going to stand up and remove this guy from office?"
Olesen’s ad is located to the side of the Albany-area highway 787, running close to the exit leading to the state Capitol Building.
The digital billboard is costing him $8,500 a month.
"The guy has lost all credibility as a governor," he said.
"The state is bankrupt, the nursing home scandal is teetering on the verge of criminally negligent homicide," he seethed.
"Then there’s the latest, where he’s being accused of sexually harassing aides, which he vehemently denied, and then he releases a puff pie where he tried to rationalize it."
"Why would you apologize if you didn’t do something wrong?"
Gov. Cuomo’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
Cuomo downplayed the sexual harassment allegations against him as just "playful banter" that was "misinterpreted" by his two accusers.
The governor finally addressed the sexual harassment complaints against him by two female former staffers.
"Some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation," Cuomo claimed as he denied the allegations and attempted to defend himself.