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Albany's Rotten Apples…

by on June 3, 2009

happen to be mostly Democrats.

As Brooklyn Sen. Kevin Parker joins the growing list of indicted state lawmakers, it’s time to face a disturbing fact.

The vast majority of Albany’s crime wave can be traced to one group: New York City Democrats.

Of the 18 elected officials in state government charged with crimes since 2003, no fewer than 16 have hailed from the five boroughs, and 15 carry a “D” after their names in the newspaper.

Those appalling numbers get even more lopsided when you factor in the most infamous perp of all, Eliot (Love Gov) Spitzer. He was never formally accused of patronizing prostitutes but resigned in disgrace anyway.

The rap sheet is especially disturbing at this juncture in the state’s history, because this same crime-prone group happens to monopolize the three major levers of power:

Gov. Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are from Manhattan, and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith is from Queens.

According to Bill Hammond, the author of the editorial, Republicans need to “start connecting dots for voters, paint Democrats as the party of corruption and start winning elections again.” I agree that the state GOP needs to do a better job connecting the dots, but I am far less convinced that the Democrat voters care all that much about corruption to boot out the bad apples.

Across the country, Democrats have been elected and reelected despite their corruption. Some of the most infamous include Rep. Gerry Studds (D-MA) back in the 1980s, who was revealed to have had an affair with an underage male congressional page. HE was reelected six times afterwards until he retired. Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-IL) had an affair with an underage campaign worker, and was still reelected with 90% of his district standing behind him. He was later convicted on a number of charges, and his sentence was commuted by Bill Clinton. Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) who was finally defeated last year, had been previously reelected despite on ongoing bribery scandal, which had already seen several of his colleagues and aides go down.

These are just a few examples of a party that more than willing declare Republicans guilty until proven innocent (and still guilty anyway) but willingly turn a blind eye to corruption in their party.

So, as much as I’d like to believe the Democrat voters of New York would ever vote out the corrupt Democrats in Albany they’ve been reelecting for years, I won’t hold my breath waiting for it to happen.

  1. Interesting how you’ve changed your tune as compared with when the Republican former State Senate President was indicted on federal corruption charges.

    Also, Hammond mentions the fact that Senate Democrats are undertaking efforts to reform the lax and poorly enforced ethics rules that exist in Albany.

    IOW, in your poor effort to make a partisan point of this, you’ve completely missed the bigger picture.

  2. I said then that “when any elected official is accused of violating the public’s trust it doesn’t matter if it is a Democrat or a Republican, it is a bad thing for everyone.” Nothing has changed there. And of course, I was responding to one particular point of Hammond’s with plenty of facts that establish a pattern you would sooner distract from than address … but that is par for the course with you.

    If you really think that politicians at any level of government are truly interested in better enforcement of ethics rules, then you’re just being naive… and making rather pathetic and poor effort to make a partisan rebuttal — and proving my point… again.

  3. When Bruno gets indicted, you’re all “oh, let’s not go all partisan now.” When the Daily News reveals that a bunch of NYC-area Dem Senators are accused of being dirty, you all but envelop it in your “Dem Corruption” handbook.

    When you tweet or post something using a “Rep Corruption” hashtag or other tag, then you’ll have a modicum of credibility on this whole, new “equal opportunity” outing of crime you’re claiming.

  4. I didn’t make excuses for Bruno. I didn’t play the partisan game so many play when it comes to corruption. I condemn corrupt politicians on both sides.

    This blog post, however, was a response to an editorial, and with my familiarity with the subject of corruption, rebutted a point I disagreed with in the editorial with facts.

    I am sorry you don’t like facts, but that is not my problem.

  5. I condemn corrupt politicians on both sides.

    I can’t wait to read your follow-up book to “Caucus of Corruption”. Chapter One: Tom Delay.

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