The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the country’s largest advocacy organization dedicated to LGBTQ rights, fired its president, Alphonso David, for assisting former Gov. Andrew Cuomo on navigating sexual harassment allegations against him.
The Human Rights Campaign said that David was fired “for cause,” The New York Times reported.
David was identified in an investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James into Cuomo’s sexual harassment allegations. He reportedly worked with Cuomo to undermine one of his accusers, Lindsey Boylan, including releasing a memo of private information on Boylan to Cuomo’s communications advisers.
Following the bombshell report, Cuomo denied the allegations against him but ultimately resigned from office on Aug. 23.
David blasted HRC’s decision to fire him on Twitter Tuesday, saying, “As a Black, gay man who has spent his whole life fighting for civil and human rights, they cannot shut me up.” He was the organization’s first Black president.
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— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) September 7, 2021
David, who previously served as a lawyer for the former governor, said that any information he had, he was obligated to share with the advisers.
Morgan Cox and Jodie Patterson, HRC co-chairs, told the Times in a statement that David violated his contract.
“This is a painful moment in our movement,” they said. “While the board’s decision is not the outcome we had ever envisioned or hoped for in terms of Mr. David’s tenure with HRC, his actions have put us in an untenable position by violating HRC’s core values, policies and mission.”