A Democrat and Republican New York politicians in cahoots? State Senator Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested on Tuesday in a plot to pay cash for a spot on the GOP ballot. Why Republicans would want to put a Democrat on the Republican ticket for Mayor is beyond me. Although, most Republicans in New York are progressives so that may be part of the answer to why this happened. Thank goodness the FBI is cleaning up New York politics. There is a great video on this on The New York Times.
From The New York Times:
The two men sat in the state senator’s parked car in suburban Rockland County, but New York City was at the front of their minds and the focus of their conversation.
“But it’s 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.
Instead of appearing on the ballot, Mr. Smith’s name has landed in a marquee spot on the criminal complaint. On Tuesday, he, Councilman Halloran and the Republican Party leaders were charged with wire fraud and bribery. The senator was also charged with extortion.Aren't there any honest politicians today? I wonder how this will affect who will be on the ballot for NYC Mayor and who will become mayor?