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Albany’s Culture of Corruption & Fusion

In your real day-to-day life, does last week’s Zephyr Teachout / Working Families Party brinksmanship with Governor Cuomo matter to you? 

Mr. Langworthy hits on a key point of New York’s fundamentally corrupt electoral fusion system – all of this chasing of third, fourth, and fifth lines involves extortion and bribery.  All of it. Every single one.

The system is dirty because the system is set up to be dirty. 

You want to be angry about Cuomo dismantling the Moreland Commission on public corruption literally overnight to cut a budget deal? I’m angry, too, and hope the US Attorney in Manhattan truly does pursue what scraps he’s been able to gather. Asking Albany to clean house reminds me of Jesse Pinkman, the young henchman from Breaking Bad, attending group drug counseling so he can sell meth to other attendees. 

 But the system itself can’t be reformed as long as fusion is permitted to be legal. You can bet that just about very time a politico chases a minor party fusion line, there’s some degree of corruption afoot. The “Independence Party” is the worst, but they’re all cut from the same cloth. 

It really doesn’t get any simpler. If you want to end Albany’s culture of corruption, you have to end Albany’s culture of corruption. Just. Do. It. 

If you’re like I am, do you draw any comfort or satisfaction from the fact that Cuomo is equally reviled on both the hard left and hard right? 


  • UncleBluck

    Like I said many times before…Andrew is a wolf in sheeps clothing…..

  • The signs of Cuomo’s corrupt nature were evident from day 1, yet the hard left helped elect him.

    • John Pfeffer

      well, to be fair, the alternative wasn’t any better. Carl helped elect him as well.

    • UncleBluck

      Well Mike it might help if the Republicans would actually put up a viable candidate to run instead of the sacrificial lambs (and Paladino Wingnuts). They haven’t had one since Pataki…..

  • tongram

    What’s the difference. Same bowing and scraping is demanded by the Conservatives and Independents. Fusion voting has to end