I know some of you may be sick of New York State politics, but doesn’t it make you feel good about your own state to hear about all of this? The excellent Times City Room blog (trying to lavish more praise on the MSM here, folks) profiles one of the conspirators, Pedro Espada:
His cronies stole food meant for poor, sick people and gave it out at his political rallies. He owes the city $61,750 in fines for fraudulent campaign fund-raising going back to 2001. He has failed to file 41 reports with the State Board of Elections, and has racked up $13,553 in penalties since 2002. He does not have an office in the district he was elected to represent in the Bronx. In fact, it looks as if he doesn’t even live there.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
The newly anointed president pro tempore of the New York State Senate.
The governor-in-waiting should something happen to David Paterson.
You read that last part right: New York State has no lieutenant governor right now, since when Spitzer resigned the then-lieutenant governor became governor, so the president pro tempore of the Senate becomes governor if something happens to Paterson, and that president pro tempore is Pedro Espada.
BTW, if you’re into this stuff, there’s a Bronx blog, the BoogieDowner, that really gets on Espada’s case. It’s written by people who live in the building where Espada maintains his fictitious Bronx residence for political purposes (and no, they’ve never seen him).
No matter how cynical I get about New York State government, I just can’t keep up.