Based on a list compiled by Gannett’s Albany Bureau, 26 out of 33 New York politicians who have found themselves in legal or ethical hot water since 2000 have been Democrats – a rate of nearly 80%.
Via Democrat & Chronicle:
Since 2000, 33 New York state lawmakers have faced ethical or legal charges that range from criminal convictions to sexual stalking.
And that’s just the legislators. The tally doesn’t count a state comptroller’s criminal conviction or a governor losing his office over a liaison with a prostitute. By one count, New York has had more public corruption convictions than any other state in the nation.
The scandals in the Legislature have ensnared 26 Democrats and seven Republicans. And those caught up in scandal have included white, black and Latino lawmakers from regions across the state.
The report also offers some insight as to why corruption in Albany hasn’t been cleaned up under Governor Cuomo:
New York still lacks independent ethics oversight, critics say. There’s a lack of enforcement by the Board of Elections, an ethics panel is headed by Cuomo’s former aides, and ethics training is limited to once every two years.
Not surprisingly, the Albany Times Union tried to spin this news as corruption that spans both parties, using this headline for yesterday’s AM Roundup: The cesspool of Albany corruption spans both parties, all regions and races.
If you cast a net in a sea of corruption this wide, of course you’re going to ensnare corrupt members from both parties. But this is what we call a clear majority… If these were election rate numbers, it would be a landslide.
That’s the equivalent of saying the Major League Baseball All-Star games have been pretty evenly matched up since 1997, even though the American League won 13 of those games and the National League won 3.
As alarming as these numbers are, it actually indicates an uptick of Democrat corruption in the past year. Gannett ran the same report last year, in which 20 out of the 27 ethically challenged politicians were Democrat. This year’s report cites 26 out of 33.
A simple look at the math indicates that since 2013, the number of lawmakers running into legal and ethical water was 6 – every single one of them being Democrats.
It should be noted that this list focuses on state level politicians, and does not scratch the surface of things such as the upstate voter fraud scandal, which was carried out solely by Democrats.
For a more thorough look at the corruption befalling New York politicians over the last few years, please read on…