They went from crush to crushed.
When she was isolating in Florida last year at the beginning of the pandemic, scared and lonely, Erin Davis had one thing driving her hope and racing heartbeat: Andrew Cuomo.
“Cuomo was my God,” said the 36-year-old Upper East Sider, who added that she’s drawn to older men. “I was crazy for him — I thought he was shamelessly sexy.” Davis, who works as a dating coach, even threw herself a “Cuomo de Mayo” party complete with cocktails and prints of Cuomo’s wide grin during lockdown.
But Davis’ fire for the governor started to melt after last week’s damning attorney general report outlined multiple instances of sexual harassment, including the groping of a female aide and instances of “unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and making inappropriate comments.”
And the 63-year-old Cuomo’s resignation speech Tuesday, which sought to downplay his behavior by chalking it up to “generational differences,” didn’t sit well with his legion of female fans such as Davis, many of whom identified as “Cuomosexuals” in the early days of the pandemic and lapped up every daily press conference he gave.
“It’s worse than betrayal. It makes you feel like your whole world has been rocked. As a single girl, it makes me question my taste in men, my ability to trust,” said Davis.
Once considered the crème de la crème of bachelors, the groping gov is no longer, ahem, untouchable.
“I couldn’t pay anyone to date him right now,” said Long Island matchmaker Maureen Tara Nelson, who revealed that Cuomo, along with his embattled brother Chris Cuomo, topped Nelson’s annual “Most handsome man in New York” survey in 2020.
Just last year, comedian and mom of two Talia Reese had gushed about Cuomo’s likeness to Al Pacino, telling The Post, “It’s like all these women are back in high school. We’re all in our pajamas, eating ice cream in bed, and he’s in a sharp suit, looking clean.”
What a difference a couple of scandals makes. “Murdering old people and grabbing asses is not even the thing that turned me off. For me, it was when he wrote a book about how great he is,” said Reese, who lives in Great Neck, NY. “I love a good sociopath, but that was a bit much considering how much he screwed up — and screwed around.”
Most loyalists want no part of the pervy politico now that his true colors have come to light.
“Now I just wonder about his intellect. It’s 2021. I kept hoping these allegations were old,” divorcee Denise Albert told The Post. “How could one person be so out of touch with the times and what’s not acceptable, appropriate and tolerable?”
Albert, 46, co-founder of multimedia company the Moms, had posted on Facebook in March 2020, “Is Governor Cuomo single? Not asking for a friend.”
And like his reputation, Cuomo merch, which was flying off the shelves for the past year, seemed destined for the trash can.
Indeed, online retailer RedBubble, which carried a full line of fawning Cuomo goods, showed a broken link for a “Cuomo We Trust” T-shirt, aptly reading, “This is a lost cause.”
But he’s got some lingering loyalists out there somewhere.
“We’ve probably sold about 100 mugs in the last two weeks,” said Johnny Blaze of Austin, Texas, who sells his wares on Etsy. His “Cuomo Sexual” mug that shows a bare-chested gov goes for $16.99.
“They sold really well last year and especially around Christmas, but I hadn’t sold any Cuomo gear in a long time. Then all of a sudden people started ordering that mug,” he said.
Still, any Cuomosexuals still swooning feel they’ve got to do so in secret.
“I didn’t think the report was that bad. I’m shocked he resigned,” said a 52-year-old finance exec from Long Island who requested anonymity for fear of being shamed for her continued attraction to Cuomo. “I do think he’s still dating material.”
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