Skip to comments.Lawmakers in New York Tied to Bribery Plot in Mayor Race
Posted on 04/03/2013 4:48:56 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
The two men sat in the state senators parked car in suburban Rockland County, but New York City was at the front of their minds and the focus of their conversation.
What the senator, Malcolm A. Smith, wanted to do, the other man explained, was going to cost a pretty penny.
But its worth it, replied Senator Smith, a Democrat, according to a transcript of the January meeting. Because you know how big a deal it is.
His plan, described by federal prosecutors in a criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday, was as ambitious as it was audacious. Mr. Smith was going to bribe his way onto the ballot to run for mayor of New York.
But he needed help, from a disparate cast of characters, including a Republican City Council member from Queens, Daniel J. Halloran III, and two Republican leaders from Queens and the Bronx, Vincent Tabone and Joseph J. Savino. And he needed the help of the other man in the car, who, unbeknown to Mr. Smith, was a cooperating witness for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was recording the whole conversation.
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Which leads me back to a question I've had for years: is there any position a politician can't hold and still be welcomed in by the Republican Party?
Hey, this is how they got Trent Lott, Lindsey Graham, and Mark Kirk to become Republicans!
So, how did you THINK Obama got himself elected?
1. White guilt.
2. Massive fraud.
3. Identity politics.
4. A national republican organization that is comfortable losing, compromising and has no core values.
It all depends on what that politician is willing to pay.
The current political climate of corruption and incompetence suits Liberals.
Liberals can survive corruption and incompetence because the ARE corruption and incompetence...and they have ALWAYS been perceived this way.
Consrvatives cannot survive corruption and incompetence, because they are, and have traditionally stood against, these things.
The Conservatives are playing the Liberals’ game and not succeeding at it. Time for a game change.
Democrats and Republicans are both in it to steal other people’s money. Democrats impose a requirement that members pretend to be altruistic while Republicans don’t.