New York State Legislator Andrew Gounardes (D-Brooklyn) won’t be winning any awards for most creative costume anytime soon.
The freshman Senator has come under fire from constituents after photos surfaced of him posing with a dead pig in his hands while wearing a sombrero. While it is not entirely clear if Gounardes believes all Mexican nationalist wear sombreros and carry dead animals, it is clear that local Democratic elected officials have selective outrage. Not to be outdone, the sacrificial pig is also outfitted in a mustache and matching sombrero.
This comes as lawmakers from around the country have come under scrutiny this past week for wardrobe malfunctions of their own.
Last week, Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam (D), was called upon to resign after over a 1984 photo of two men, one in blackface and the other in traditional Ku Klux Klan garb, was discovered on Northam’s yearbook page. Northam has refused to answer questions as to which outfit he was wearing. Either way, it is not a good look for a candidate who repeatedly referred to his opponent as racist solely because of the “R” in front of his name. To make matters worse, yes…worse, Gov. Northam may have also had a questionable, racially charged nickname according to a separate yearbook photo. One would have to imagine the Northam’s regret taking out the full-page ad.
To make matters worse in Virginia, Northam’s Lt. Gov., Justin Fairfax was accused of sexual assault in a graphic statement in which the accuser claims Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.
“With tremendous anguish, I am now sharing this information about my experience and setting the record straight. It has been extremely difficult to relive that traumatic experience from 2004. Mr. Fairfax has tried to brand me as a liar to a national audience, in service to his political ambitions, and has threatened litigation. Given his false assertions, I’m compelled to make clear what happened.” Said Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a professor at Scripps College in California. Dr. Tyson would go on to say Fairfax invited her on a “quick errand to retrieve documents from his room in a nearby hotel.” It is in this room that Fairfax made his advance on Tyson who welcomed it. However, what Tyson says began as kissing turned into “a sexual assault.”
“Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch,” she said. “Only then did I realize that he had unbuckled his belt, unzipped his pants, and taken out his penis. He then forced his penis into my mouth,” she recalled in a chilling statement. Fairfax would later go on to say “Fuck that bitch,” in a private meeting with his staff according to a source. His Chief of Staff, who was present in the meeting, denied the report.
Keeping the spotlight in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Attorney General, Mark Herring (D), admitted that he too has worn blackface at a party. This engulfs Virginia’s three top officials in controversy. No word if the three will adhere to the same standards placed on Republicans by Democrats. The smart money is on no.
Back in Brooklyn, the Gounardes honeymoon has been short lived as more then 50 residents of his district rallied outside his inauguration to voice their displeasure with his vote supporting a nine-month abortion bill.
Animal activists have asked Gounardes for an explanation of his costume choice and parading around of a dead animal, some have called for resignation. However, he has refused to respond to his constituents.