Dopp’s Life, and Livelihood, After the Scandal

The fact that Darren Dopp now has a job at Patricia Lynch’s lobbying firm seems to demonstrate, among other things, that he’s viewed as a valuable commodity on the ground in Albany even after being named as a key figure in the biggest scandal to affect the Spitzer administration so far.

(As Wayne Barrett and Bill Hammond note, just because it’s the biggest doesn’t mean that it’s that big.)

“Either Pat Lynch is the smartest person in the world, or the dumbest. And my bet is she is the smartest,” said Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf.

Why?

“I would think that everybody would want him. He‘s worked for the Cuomos, he‘s worked for Spitzer and he‘s a former newspaper man.”

And Dopp’s connections in Spitzer’s administration haven’t been too badly damaged, despite all the negative press he’s received.

“People who work for the governor are not going to say, ‘Go away Darren and have a nice year.’ They may say that in public but that’s not how it works.”

Sheinkopf added, “It’s going to all disappear below the radar in Albany. Everybody involved is going to do what they’ve always done, which is live in the same fishbowl together.”

One senior state official told me via email, "It's a big fuck you to Joe Bruno and shows she thinks he's on the way out and that Troopergate is history."

Lynch referred questions to Dopp's lawyer Terrrence Kindlon, who I'm playing phone tag with at the moment. And I'm waiting to hear back from Bruno's people to get their take on this.

Spitzer's spokeswoman, Christine Anderson said, "Darren has devoted his life to public service and has always been a strong believer in the government's ability to do good. We wish him well in his next endeavor."