by Jeff Davis
Every now and then, the FBI nails someone who richly deserves it. One of the most powerful Jews in the country has just been arrested for innumerable acts of corruption. We can consider ourselves lucky this crook did not get a chance to rise to some high position in the Senate or even the presidency.
A recent news article reports “Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declared his innocence Thursday after facing bombshell federal corruption charges of soliciting $4 million in dirty money over the last 15 years. ‘I am confident that after a full hearing and due process, I will be vindicated of these charges,’ a relaxed Silver announced after his release on $200,000 bond following a Manhattan Federal Court hearing.”
“Silver, spied earlier taking an uncomfortable ride to the courthouse alongside an FBI agent, made his brief appearance after U.S. Attorney Preet Bhahara blasted him as the epitome of a corrupt politician. ‘For many years, New Yorkers have asked the question, ‘How could Speaker Silver, one of the most powerful men in New York , earn millions of dollars in outside income without deeply compromising his ability to honestly serve his constituents?’ said Bharara ‘Today we provide the answer: He didn’t.'”
“The stunning five-count criminal complaint accused the Manhattan Democrat, an Albany power broker for decades, with pocketing millions in bribes and kickbacks in return for wielding his massive influence.”
Basically, the guy was a thief—and a Democrat in the bluest of all blue states. It’s a wonder that his cronies weren’t able to stifle the legal proceedings against him.
The article continues “Assembly Democrats, shortly before Bhahara unloaded on Silver, emerged from a closed-door Thursday morning conference at the Capitol to voice their support of their accused leader. ‘I am continuing to support the speaker and I would say that the members, overwhelmingly in the conversation we just had, are continuing to support (Silver),’ said Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle (D-Rochester).”
Hopefully, the bribery and corruption charges won’t be forgotten, and his political career will be finished for good. There’s always a chance Obama will throw him a pardon on his last day in office, but at least he won’t be moving any further up in politics.