It’s a scandal that Democrats don’t want you to know about here in New York state – Gropergate. So much so, that they’ve taken to seating New York delegates at the convention in practically another zip code.
Today New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox called on Sheldon Silver to step down as Speaker of the Assembly Following Sex Abuse Cover-up Revelations:
“Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver claims his actions handling the cover-up of a hush-money payout to quell sexual abuse allegations against Democrat Assemblyman Vito Lopez were ‘legal and ethical.’
“A judge appointed special prosecutor will determine if criminal liability attaches to actions approved by the Speaker, but we don’t need a special prosecutor to rule on the ethics of this transaction.
“Faced with a member of his caucus who had on multiple occasions sexually harassed female staff members, Speaker Silver neglected to refer the matter to the Assembly Ethics Committee and instead took an active role in covering up the abuse, including paying over $100,000 of taxpayer money to the victim, who did not request confidentiality.
“Silver’s actions were unethical and wholly unbecoming of a member of the New York State Assembly, let alone its Speaker.
“Sheldon Silver’s history of covering up sex abuse in the Democratic Assembly caucus includes a $500,000 settlement in 2004 for sexual misconduct by Silver’s Chief Counsel and an $80,000 settlement in 1992 for similar charges against another Democratic Assemblyman.
“As Speaker, Sheldon Silver has allowed a culture of abuse to permeate the Democratic Assembly caucus and has demonstrated a manifest disregard for the wellbeing and safety of female Assembly staff members.
“Additionally, the Speaker’s use of public money to settle these claims is questionable at best, and may in and of itself be illegal.
“Enough is enough. The line must be drawn here. For the sake of female officials and staffers in the Assembly – and indeed for the sake of all New Yorkers – Sheldon Silver must step down as Speaker of the New York State Assembly.”
Banner Weekend For NY Democrats – One Punished For Sexual Harassment, Another Announces They’ll Be Arrested
It’s been a very active weekend for Democrats, with a pair serving in the boroughs of New York City being part of some very rare activity over the weekend.
First off, Brooklyn Democrat Assemblyman Vito Lopez has been handed some very severe punishment stemming from what is being called “blatant instances of sexual harassment”.
The Standing Committee on Ethics and Guidance not only stripped him of his Housing Committee chairmanship, and cut off resources and funding from the Assembly, but his guilty actions prompted a ban prohibiting Lopez from hiring interns or any other employees under the age of 21.
That is the equivalent of a sexual predator being kept from that which tempts them.
The letter from Assembly Majority Speaker Sheldon Silver pulls no punches, providing such details as how Lopez harassed one woman forcibly kissing her and putting his “hand as far up between her legs as you could go”. He also forced two women to continuously write to him about how much they loved their jobs and cared about him.
Here is a copy of the letter:
Vito Lopez Letter 8-24-12
Lopez has left a long trail of slime in Brooklyn, with rumors that other charges may be coming down the pike. He has been the subject of multiple federal investigations as well as blatant instances of extreme cronyism.
Several Democrats have pushed for Lopez to resign as a result of these egregious charges, with the most damning perhaps being from the governor of New York himself. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday joined a growing list of elected officials calling on Lopez to step down.
Next up on the list of corruptocrats from southern New York, is Sen. Shirley Huntley from Queens, who took the rare step of announcing her own impending arrest on Monday.
Huntley held an “emergency press conference” over the weekend to announce that she expects to be arrested on Monday.
She did not indicate what charges may be involved, though four employees of hers had been arrested last year based on an investigation of a non-profit organization in which Huntley had steered tax-payer funds. The four who were indicted included a top aide and a niece of Huntley’s.
Leave it to city Democrats to get involved in a year’s worth of scandal in one weekend.
And yes, it is the Obama economy, as they polled people on their level of satisfaction with the economy over the last four years. No more blaming Bush, Obama owns this economy.
“…a whopping 83 percent now say they are dissatisfied with the economic condition of the country, according to Gallup.”
Worse, the Obama reign has seen a drop in other significant areas as well.
Large drops in satisfaction were also seen with the public view of the size and power of the federal government. Only 29 percent were satisfied with the current state of the federal government, down from 41 percent in 2008, a decline of 12 percentage points.
Additionally, satisfaction with the moral and ethical climate of the country also dropped significantly over the last four years. Only 28 percent of Americans were satisfied, down from 39 percent in 2008, while 68 percent of Americans were dissatisfied with the moral and ethical climate of the United States.
But I thought this was the healing President? The man who could calm the rising tide of animosity in our country. The man who would become the first post-racial President, and fix the economy through a redistribution of wealth. The man who would pay to fill up our gas tank and pay our mortgage.