Jazz Shaw of Hot Air recently wrote a piece about the corruption being unveiled in New York politics these past few weeks titled, “Something Rotten in New York”. In it, Shaw writes about the taxpayer funded cover up of sexual assault claims made against one of Brooklyn’s most powerful Democrat politicians. A payment to sweep sexual assault allegations under the rug to avoid an ethics inquiry was authorized by New York State Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver.
Last week we wrote:
… what was once praised as a swift response, has been a proven case of pandering to members of government with a penchant for sexual misconduct. In a stunning revelation, the New York Times reports that Silver attempted to keep previous Lopez harassment issues swept under the rug, authorizing a secret payment to two other victims for an eye-popping $103,080.
Sadly, this wasn’t the first time that Silver had paid a victim of sexual harassment and/or assault taxpayer funded hush money.
In 2003, Silver was criticized for a slow response to a case involving his former aide, J. Michael Boxley, who was accused of rape and later pled guilty to sexual misconduct. Three years later, the Assembly agreed to pay $500,000 of taxpayer money to settle the case.
How badly must it undermine the Democrats entire mantra of Republicans waging a “War on Women” when one of New York’s most powerful politicians has been caught – twice – paying women who have been sexually assaulted to keep quiet?
So indeed, something does smell rotten in New York. Up here in these parts, we just call it politics as usual. When you live so closely to the sewage waste plant that is New York politics, you become fatigued of the stench.
Not so for the national scene however.
Silver you see, is one of the members of New York’s delegates set to appear at the Democrat National Convention this week, where he will once again have the honor of announcing that they are endorsing Barack Obama for president during the Democratic convention.
At the DNC, amongst people that aren’t used to such a level of rancid politics, Sheldon Silver’s presence with the New York delegation has created some controversy. Silver has been pressured to cede his role to somebody else at the convention, to no avail.
But just in case you weren’t clear on just how awful the stench is coming from New York, the faction that ranks behind only California in size, which includes powerful Democrat Chuck Schumer, and Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been targeted for a possible presidential run in 2016, has been placed about as far away from the podium as humanly possible.
Take a look at these seats…
CapTon executive producer Michael Johnson took this shot from the podium of the New York delegation’s seating area, which is aaaaaalllll the way in the back of the Time Warner Cable Arena.
It’s far worse a location than the Republicans had at the Tampa Bay Times Forum last week, even though they’re just about as low on the party totem pole as the Democrats are here in Charlotte.
Democrats who have made it inside to see their seating have been overheard grousing about their poor placement, especially considering how much campaign cash Obama has raised in NYC.