The NYS Senate is now dead-locked at 31-31, as you may have heard, with one of the two party-switchers (the
wifegirlfriend-beater) switching back. And Republicans may or may not be having buyers’ remorse about the other party switcher, the one whose “cronies stole food meant for poor, sick people and gave it out at his political rallies, owes the city $61,750 in fines….has failed to file 41 reports with the State Board of Elections….has racked up $13,553 in penalties since 2002 [and] does not have an office in the district he was elected to represent in the Bronx.” Here’s Jimmy Vielkind:
“Several of them (Republican Senators) are in ‘Oh my God, what have we done’ mode,” said one Republican who is close to many of the senators. “Pedro is obviously enjoying this immensely. The image of Dean standing mute while Pedro pontificates is a little much. And the general stoppage … some are saying we never should have done it, some are saying, they should have said bring three or four or don’t come.”[…]
The strongest statement of support I’ve heard for Espada came from State Senator Marty Golden, who attacked the Democrats for attacking Espada.
“Right now he’s innocent until proven guilty. I’ve had the privilege of working with them in the past, and I’ve found he’s an all-right guy, and I’ve found him and his son, who I worked with on the City Council, to be good family people,” Golden said.[….]
This guy [Espada] hasn’t been indicted. This guy hasn’t done anything wrong yet, although the Democrats would want you to believe he has.”
“The question is not ‘yet,’ he hasn’t done anything wrong at all. The Dems would want you to believe ‘yet’ is the word,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. Grand juries meet on a regular basis, and sometimes they file charges and sometimes they don’t.”
Really, who among us has never been investigated by a grand jury?
(via The Albany Project)
Update. This is not to imply that everyone who has been investigated by a grand jury has done anything wrong. But “grand juries meet all the time” shouldn’t cut it when you’re an elected official.