Albany’s Culture of Corruption & Fusion
by Alan Bedenko (@BuffaloPundit) - posted 6:44 am, June 3, 2014
In your real day-to-day life, does last week’s Zephyr Teachout / Working Families Party brinksmanship with Governor Cuomo matter to you?
@fud31how is this “deal” with WFP by @NYGovCuomo not making him a victim of extortion or a participant in bribery?
— Nick Langworthy (@NickLangworthy) May 31, 2014
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.
IDC’s Savino tells BuffNews just now Cuomo is “desperately trying to seek support of fringe 3rd party so saying whatever he has to say.”
— Tom Precious (@TomPreciousALB) June 1, 2014
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?