U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says that NY State Senator Malcolm Smith "tried to bribe his way" into a shot at the New York City mayoral race. Both Sen. Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning for the alleged plot. Also charged are: Bronx County Republican Party Chairman Joseph Savino; Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone; Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin; and Spring Valley Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret. Buzzfeed's editor in chief Ben Smith discusses the charges and implications.
After all the public corruption scandals we’ve chgd, the sad truth may be the most powerful special interest in politics is self-interest— SDNYnews (@SDNYnews) April 2, 2013
US Atty Bharara: Today’s chgs demonstrate, once again, that a show me the $ culture seems to pervade every level of NY govt.— SDNYnews (@SDNYnews) April 2, 2013
"Wherever they turned they found someone looking for cash." -- @buzzfeedben, who also shouts out the one state Sen who turned down bribe.— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) April 2, 2013
"The notion that [Smith] was going to be Mayor was so preposterous that these officials wanted their money up front." -- @buzzfeedben— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) April 2, 2013