Diane Gordon (D), a former Assemblywoman in the Bronx imprisoned for two years on a felony bribery conviction, is looking to get back into politics as District Leader.
Via the Observer:
A former assemblywoman once imprisoned for taking bribes has filed to run for district leader against Councilwoman Inez Barron.
Diane Gordon, who was jailed in 2008 and spent two years in prison, previously ran to unseat Ms. Barron, then an assemblywoman, two years ago.
During that campaign, her petitions were challenged on the grounds that a felony conviction precluded her from being on the ballot. But the Board of Elections reportedly ruled that since her parole period had ended by that time, she could run. She finished third.
Gordon was convicted of second-degree bribe-taking, as well as receiving a bribe as a legislator in 2008. She was to serve a two to six year sentence for demanding a $500,000 house with numerous extras from a developer in exchange for helping him get city-owned land in her district.
After being convicted on eight of nine charges in 2008, the prosecutor in the case said “I think this sends a message about corruption in Brooklyn.”
What does it say about corruption in Brooklyn now that she will be running for office again?