The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and its foundation have hired a prominent law firm to investigate the organization's president, Alphonso David, in helping New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo respond to accusations of sexual harassment, according to The Advocate.
"We commend the courage of the many survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment who have come forward, and give them our full support," said a statement released Aug. 9 by Morgan Cox and Jodie Pattersonboard chairs for HRC and the HRC Foundation, respectively. "Human Rights Campaign and Human Rights Campaign Foundation President Alphonso David's inclusion in the New York State Attorney General's report on the investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo is very concerning."
David will continue in his role as president of HRC and the foundation during the investigation, and the findings are expected to be released shortly after the probe is finished.
He released a statement supporting the probe: "I fully endorse the decision of the boards of the Human Rights Campaign to conduct an independent review of the New York State Attorney General's report. It is an important effort to ensure the transparency that I have supported and engaged in with the board and staff since I joined this organization."
The HRC renewed David's contract for another five years, and announcement of the renewal fell coincidentally on the same day the Cuomo report was released.
In a related matter, CNN.com reported that Time's Up board co-chair Roberta Kaplan resigned from her position at the women's rights organization after it came to light that she reviewed a draft of a letter questioning the character of one of New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's accusers, Lindsey Boylan.
The Advocate's full article is at www.advocate.com/politics/2021/8/09/hrc-launches-probe-alphonso-davids-work-gov-andrew-cuomo.