During Debate on Women’s Equality, Lawmaker Censored After Daring to Speak About Assembly Leader’s History of Sexual Harassment Coverups
I’m sure the irony is completely lost on the Democrats here…
Via the New York Post:
A lawmaker who dared to bring up the sexual- harassment-cover-up scandal surrounding Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was silenced yesterday during a debate on a sweeping bill to give women more rights and protections.
Westchester Assemblyman Steve Katz was admonished and stopped from bringing up the topic of Silver and the secret settlement he approved for pervy ex-pol Vito Lopez, who was accused of sexually harassing as many as eight women on his staff.
“They shut my microphone off when I spoke about Shelly Silver and the scandal,” Katz (R-Yorktown) told The Post afterward.
During the debate, when Katz started to talk about “a legislative body that has protected and supported a speaker with 12 years history of enabling . . .” Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jeffrion Aubry (D-Queens) cut him off.
“We are constrained in our remarks to talk about the bill that is before us . . . Other issues relative to the operation of the house or other issues are not in order when addressing a bill,” Aubry said.
Katz replied, “I think this has an awful lot to do with this bill, Mr. Speaker, and I would like to complete what I have to say.”
When he was again denied, Katz, who has four daughters, sniped, “Let’s let all the questions and all the issues that we’ve all been hearing from constituents around the state stay quiet and silent while we all go about our business as if nothing is wrong here.”
Aubry said Katz had the right to free speech off the Assembly floor — where the livestream isn’t running — but on the floor, talk is limited to the scope of the bill, which directly addresses sexual harassment in the workplace.
So the bill “directly addresses sexual harassment in the workplace”, but when a lawmaker wants to discuss a situation that has blossomed under the leadership of Sheldon Silver – a situation that led journalist Fred Dicker to call the New York State Assembly “the most sexually abusive workplace in the nation” – he is censored from speaking?
Read more about Silver’s history of covering up sexual harassment and assault here…