Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D) can’t seem to find love anywhere these days. Whether he’s simply having intern’s mothers file police reports when he gets caught leering at 14-year-old girls, or he’s lamenting those darned pesky statutory rape laws that prevent him from leering at said 14-year-old, the man just can’t buy a break.
But maybe – just maybe – he could get some love from the political world in which he recently emerged victorious… despite multiple harassment charges.
But ’tis not to be – Even his own Democrat colleagues are pulling out all the stops to distance themselves from Lopez.
The New Kings Democrats went there, and fast.
Only a couple hours after news broke that Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who is battling sexual harassment allegations, registered a campaign account for a City Council run, the Democratic club launched a “molester free zone” campaign, complete with a fairly direct flier, illustrating exactly how negative the marquee race will get should Mr. Lopez officially enter it.
“Voters could not have a more striking contrast between two candidates in the 34th city council district,” Alex Low, the president of NKD, said in a statement that named Antonio Reynoso as the club’s candidate in the race. “Antonio Reynoso, endorsed today by the National Organization for Women, is a champion of women’s rights. On the other hand, Vito Lopez has been serially sexually harassing young female staffers. Vito Lopez belongs in jail, not our City Council.”
Remember, this is the same man that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver used hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to shield from sexual harassment charges.