It’s been quite a week in Albany. A second major corruption scandal erupted. First, State Senator Malcolm Smith was arrested for allegedly trying to rig the New York City mayoral election. Then Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was arrested, accused of accepting bribes. A third sate lawmaker resigned and revealed he’d been cooperating with authorities.

Meanwhile, Rochester area state lawmakers insist they’ve never encountered corruption.

Twitter had fun with the scandal. Here’s how the day played out.


Posted in News, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

4 Responses to Scandal Day

  1. “Meanwhile, Rochester area state lawmakers insist they’ve never encountered corruption.”
    Because they fail to recognize corruption where they see it as they are part of it or willfully ignorant. Period.
    When the head of one of the local Party’s makes statements like “is it legal? Than it’s ethical?” should anyone be surprised that the bar is so low? When failure caused by one Party rule is accepted for decades should one be surprised by this? No. The news is rife with stories of corrupt elected and appointed officials and what do American’s do? They vote them back in.
    The Machine. It’s the Machine on both sides and the fools that support either of them without question are seeing that they’ve elected exactly the type of ‘leaders’ that they deserve. I would love to see the Troopers seal off the Capital and march out the scum en mass on a chain gang. The ultimate perp walk.

    • April 5, 2013 at 7:53 am Mike Craig responds:

      “The Machine. It’s the Machine on both sides and the fools that support either of them without question are seeing that they’ve elected exactly the type of ‘leaders’ that they deserve.”

      A-freaking-men justaguy! It’s so depressing that so many see scandals as a chance to score points and pretend that their side doesn’t do it. The truth is that the only real difference between the 2 parties is which one is in power. There’s not much point in bribing someone who can’t get things done right? Just look around locally and you see that in the city government all the cronyism is on one side and in the county it’s on the other.

      As emotionally satisfying as seeing the Capital Building converted into a correctional facility might be it’s not very realistic though. What to do? Limit government spending and power as much as possible. If you don’t have money and favors to hand out you can’t be bribed to do it. And make it very hard to keep secrets – just like the security camera over the cash register there should be eyes on public spending at all times.

  2. April 4, 2013 at 11:25 pm Orielly responds:

    Funny … why is it so often the case that when you hear or read of State Politicians being involved in scandals, if their political party is not mentioned, as in the case here, they are almost always Democrats.

    Yet if a Republican is accused of scandal the Party is always mentioned up front.

  3. April 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm Cary Barnhart responds:

    The answer is so simple…make it impossible to be a career politician. I would advocate 2 terms and you’re gone forever more…at any level of government. Government is power and power too often corrupts…especially when you are dealing with other people’s money. For too many politicians their net worth skyrockets while they are in office. Unfortunately the public is either just too ignorant of what is going on or worse…just doesn’t care. Furthermore, the one party love affair the press has with the left encourages the brazen activity that true unbiased investigative journalism could help check those who corrupt public service.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>