To the editor:
New York's governor may be guilty of bribery.
Late last month, the far-left Working Families Party nearly dumped Andrew Cuomo in favor of an insurgent liberal candidate at their party convention, but Cuomo saved himself with a last-minute pact brokered by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
In exchange for the WFP's endorsement, Cuomo sold his political soul to de Blasio and New York City far-left interests. Cuomo pledged to create a $10 million slush fund for Democratic state Senate candidates and to provide open support for a public campaign finance program favored by the WFP.
New York State Penal Code defines bribery as when a public official "solicits, accepts or agrees to accept any benefit from another person upon an agreement or understanding that his or her vote, opinion, judgment, action, decision or exercise of discretion as a public servant will thereby be influenced."
That sounds a lot like what happened here. That's why I've called for the proper legal authorities to investigate the question of bribery.
What's without question is this: Andrew Cuomo's actions regarding the WFP endorsement were cynical and unethical. That sort of back-room deal-making represents the very worst of Albany.
Ed Cox, chairman
New York State Republican Party