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New York Politicians Accused In Plot To Sell GOP Spot In NYC Mayoral Race

Posted by on Apr. 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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New York Politicians Accused In Plot To Sell GOP Spot In NYC Mayoral Race

New York State Sen. Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, was led from his Queens home in handcuffs Tuesday morning after being arrested for allegedly trying to buy his way on to the Republican ticket in this year's New York City mayoral election.

Also arrested Tuesday: City Councilman Daniel Halloran, a Republican, and four other local politicians (also Republicans) from the New York metropolitan area, who stand accused of conspiring with Smith.

The New York Times writes that:

"Mr. Smith, according to the complaint, agreed with a cooperating witness and an undercover F.B.I. agent, who was masquerading as a wealthy real estate developer, to pay off leaders of Republican county committees in New York's five boroughs. The bribes were to be paid to obtain specific certificates authorizing him to run for mayor as a Republican even though he was a registered Democrat."

NPR's Joel Rose tells our Newscast Desk that "in a statement, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Smith 'drew up the game plan,' while Halloran — the city councilman — 'quarterbacked' the effort to find party chairmen in the state who were open to receiving bribes."

New York State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D)

New York State Senate/Reuters /Landov

According to New York's Daily News, Halloran was to allegedly receive $20,500 in exchange for supporting Smith's bid for the GOP nomination, while two other officials were to allegedly receive "$40,000 in bribes with a promise of $40,000 more."

The state senator's lawyer, Gerald Shargel, tells the Times that Smith "is a dedicated and highly respected public servant and he steadfastly denies these charges."

The 56-year-old Smith, according to his official biography, first won election to the state senate in 2000. He was the state senate's president pro tempore when Democrats controlled the chamber in 2008-10. In recent years, though, he has often been at odds with his fellow Democrats.

Current Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) is prevented from seeking a fourth term. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is thought to be the leading contender for the Democratic nomination. The Republican frontrunner, according to the Daily News, is Joe Lhota. He was a deputy mayor during the administration of Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


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Farmlady09
by Silver Member on Apr. 2, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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So ... bribery is now a commendable and respectable character trait? Smh

The lot of them should be stuffed into public stocks and left there until we run out of rotten eggs and squishy tomatoes.

gludwig2000
by Gina on Apr. 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

 Isn't this how it goes now? The election or nomination, whatever, goes to the highest bidder? All of our politicians suck, and ones party affiliation does not make one honest. I'm glad that they stopped this.

gludwig2000
by Gina on Apr. 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM
Hey, whatever works to make them do the right thing, imo. We really do need to find a way to bring honest people back in office, and stop them from being bought once they are there.
Quoting Farmlady09:

So ... bribery is now a commendable and respectable character trait? Smh

The lot of them should be stuffed into public stocks and left there until we run out of rotten eggs and squishy tomatoes.

nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 8:20 AM

If this is ture I hope they all get a long sentence.Maybe other polititions will think twice about doing the same thing.

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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 I guess they didn't pay attention to the Blagojevich trial?

joey125
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM

If true, and they are found guilty the only thing good about this is, its non partisan  Sad,really makes one really turn away from politics with digust.

survivorinohio
by Rene on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM
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Quoting joey125:

If true, and they are found guilty the only thing good about this is, its non partisan  Sad,really makes one really turn away from politics with digust.

it definitely illustrates clearly how screwed up the political system has become.

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


JanuaryBaby06
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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Makes sense. Our government seems to be for hire these days. It's pretty bad that nobody is really even shocked by this type of behavior anymore. It's just kind of how it is.

if he is guilty (we do live in the country of innocent until proven guilty) then i hope he gets what is coming to him and if not i hope this doesnt destroy his future in Government.

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 4:57 PM

We need to clean house and start all over!

Quoting joey125:

If true, and they are found guilty the only thing good about this is, its non partisan  Sad,really makes one really turn away from politics with digust.


JanuaryBaby06
by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM
i, like most people, would agree with you. Problem is those that care dont feel that they have enough power to do anything about it.... that its just how it is and they just dea lwith it rather then striving to make any kind of change.
Quoting JoJoBean8:

We need to clean house and start all over!

Quoting joey125:

If true, and they are found guilty the only thing good about this is, its non partisan  Sad,really makes one really turn away from politics with digust.



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