The Gateway (All Vito All The Time Edition)
Dateline: Still on Vacation and Still in Brooklyn.
It appears to be all over but the shouting (which will probably get louder) and Frank Seddio appears to be the next Brooklyn Dems Leader.
"Meet the New Boss," says Colin, uttering an old cliché implying that there is really nothing new, but for reasons of temperament alone (not that there aren't other reasons), I suspect that a Seddio administration augers return to the days where the County Leader was more of an honest broker than an enforcer.
My feeling is that we are returning to the days of a more decentralized party. There are some downsides to that, but it is clearly a time for a course correction.
Let every neighborhood find its own way. Let a thousand flowers bloom!
I expect a few big symbolic gestures, a few small incremental changes, and an effort to avoid unnecessary fights and unnecessary embarrassment. No Consensus for Camara; Seddio Seems Set to Replace Vito Lopez politicker.com
Seddio calls on Lopez to resign from the Assembly.
If Vito resigned today, he would still be the Democratic candidate in November, and would still win.
There are three ways Lopez could potentially be removed from the ballot.
However, not being a lawyer, Lopez can't be nominated for a judgeship (and even if he could...) and dying seems unlikely, for despite his many long and short-term illnesses, Lopez will probably outlive us all.
A post election resignation would result in a special election in which Vito would control the Democratic nomination, but at least someone could then put their name on the ballot against whoever that would be. Such a person would be far more likely to be beaten in a low turnout special election than anyone Vito substituted now to be on the ballot during a Presidential election.
Based on this Juan Gonzalez column, "Run Diana Run" is an idea which may have been superseded by "Talk Diana Talk," but the case for a write-in campaign against Lopez (if not Reyna, perhaps Evelyn Cruz) gets more compelling by the minute.
The fact that Lopez did not want to settle and was bashed into submission by Shelly to keep things quiet, the fact the settlement agreement forced the women into silence on the threat of financial penalty, and the fact that the Speaker and his staff have blatantly lied about who the confidentiality agreement was really to benefit, reveal an Assembly Leadership intent upon holding its power by indebting its members to the Speaker in the manner of an offer which could not be refused.
Though neither personal knowledge nor wrongdoing has been established, it is hard to believe that Schneiderman and DiNapoli would not have been briefed about their offices' involvement in something of this nature. The public really has a right to learn what (if anything) they knew and when (if at any time) they knew it. Officials Briefed on Lopez Settlement online.wsj.com
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