Maurice Gumbs's blog
Maybe corrupt Brooklyn elected officials had a premonition that a major disaster would occur in the Fall of 2001. For sure there seemed to be a feeding $$$$ frenzy that year. As though it was the last opportunity Brooklyn’s elected officials would have to shake down candidates for huge sums of money.
Just estimating from the known figures, more than $1,000,000 of candidate money may have gone through the Clarence Norman/Carl Andrews/William Boonie/Jackie Ward Thurgood Marshall Club operation from June to November of 2001.
The $245,000 gift to TMC by Mark Green may go down as the largest donation to any political club in the history of New York City. In fact, that one gift of tax payers money was probably larger than the total amount of money given to all political clubs in NYC combined. And this windfall to a political club that probably had a regular membership of no more than 10, and no regularly scheduled meetings that the public was aware of.. . Never has so much been given to so few for so doing so little in so short a time. And some people called it a straight bribe from Mark Green to block support for Freddie Ferrer.
Listen to the music, as he proudly struts across the Brooklyn stage to make his announcement of another glorious victory. Listen to his confident voice and see the determined, unsmiling face. Inspector Clousseau, the Pink Panther. Joe Hynes, snatching disaster from the jaws of success!!
PART 1: Steps Leading Up To Diane Gordon Indictment July 10, 2006
October 2004. Report to DOI triggers “sting surveillance” of Diane Gordon
November 21, 2005...Diane Gordon, called as witness for defense, refuses to testify on behalf of Clarence Norman in Grand Larceny trial which ends in conviction of County Leader.
THREE YEARS AGO… JOE
“May 5, 2003 - BROOKLYN PAPERS
As Brooklyn’s latest courthouse corruption scandal exploded this week, District Attorney Charles Hynes appeared shocked — shocked! — that bribery was allegedly committed on his watch, and he suggested there is something inherently wrong with the buying and selling of judgeships as well as judgments.
Justice should be blind; a district attorney, however, may not be blind to injustice and judicial corruption. Hynes, nursed at the bosom of the Brooklyn Democratic machine, is, in this case, friends with all the wrong people.
A union kiss, and a slight rebuff.
The AFL-CIO, the state's biggest labor union, proudly endorsed Spitzer for governor Wednesday afternoon, praising him as ``a good friend.'' Then, union leaders sat back as Spitzer told reporters he opposed two key union bills that came up this year and refused to outline his position on two others.
The Democrat opposed the so-called ``Wal Mart'' bill, which would have forced large employers to provide a minimum insurance coverage. He also opposed a measure to allow certain day-care workers to unionize and become part of the state workforce.
Below is an edited response to the Room8NY blog of EnWhySeaWonk posted 6/26/06. It was submitted by an Anonymous person on Wed, 2006-06-28 02:52.
“I generally look at four things when deciding who to vote for: experience, record, stances on issues, and character:.
1 &2 Record gets looked at first, because a politician can lie about his stances on issues, or I can misread his or her character, but its hard to hide an incumbent's record (it can be done if the media cooperates, but that is why you have to dig a little).
"The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim, and whenever a survivor of Ephraim said, "Let me go over," the men of Gilead asked him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" If he replied, "No," they said, "All right, say 'Shibboleth'." If he said, "Sibboleth," because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at that time." (Judges 12:5-6, NIV)
Judging from the editorials of New York’s dailies, and the comments from elected officials, bloggers, and just ordinary New Yorkers, this is a political season when a ground-swell of righteousness has risen like a tsunami, threatening to sweep away Racism and those elected officials and candidates who practice or appear to practice it. How wonderful!
An interview with Carl Andrews, immediately after his endorsement by Elliott Spitzer, Billy Thompson, and David Dinkins should now convince every intelligent voter once and for all that Carl is absolutely not the person Brooklyn or any community would want to represent them in Congress. Elliot Spitzer would have been chased out of Manhattan if he had tried to pass off someone with Carl Andrews’ credentials on his community. Bill Thompson’s father was one of the first to demand that Clarence be indicted. And here was Billy trying to patch up relationships for a race in 2009 which he will never win. Dave Dinkins was asleep. Carl finally escaped from his handlers, and talked about his qualifications. What a Mess! We quote exactly what Carl had to say about himself on a taped recording by Sun Reporter, Azi Paybarah on June 26, 2006 02:03 PM
Why would Elliot Spitzer endorse a candidate who is described consistently in the press as “ the confidante of a convicted felon” or “a close friend of the County Leader who was convicted of felony corruption.?” Almost every day , one newspaper or the other virtually raises that question as it reports on Carl Andrews and his congressional candidacy.
Two excerpts from articles in just the last few days:
From Celeste Katz, Daily News reporter, June 19: “Self-styled reformer and gubernatorial front-runner Eliot Spitzer is going to bat today for a congressional candidate with close ties to convicted former Brooklyn Democratic boss Clarence Norman.”
With racial and religious fires being kindled all over the globe, there may not be much left for destruction by the time the massive icebergs do the Al Gore thing. When man supersedes God(or Nature) and decides that his fellow-man should be exterminated, it may signal that the impending melt-down of the frozen poles will tilt the planet and send it spinning out of orbit for a fiery cleansing. The true Armageddon.
New York City is a microcosm of this civilized but unruly world. And since Brooklyn has become the political toilet-bowl of New York City, it should come as no shock when differences between racial and ethnic groups flare up in the Borough.
Our prediction here is that David Yassky’s chance of victory in the 11th Congressional District has been severely diminished if not altogether wiped out. But whether he wins or loses, David Yassky will always be remembered by name as the White candidate who tried to hijack a Congressional seat that belonged to “people of color.” His colleague City Councilman Al Vann didn’t just plaster the label on Yassky right here in New York City.
Vann tagged Yassky as an enemy of Black Empowerment in allegations circulated in the Press and sent directly to Black elected officials and leaders across the United States. No doubt Vann had in mind the goal of raising funds and endorsements for the Vann Klan’s own candidate Carl Andrews, and their support group.
The incredible release below was posted on Ben Smith’s Room Eight blog. It announced the creation of a committee named “Caribbeans for Carl Andrews” …henceforth known as CACA. I am acquainted with three of the “influential Caribbean leaders” listed as founding members of CACA. I have tried to contact them to confirm that the announcement is legitimate. And will eventually find out whether Carl has given Frances, Eleanora, and James the Alton Maddox treatment. But read this first segment and check back for the rest of it.