Following up on our post last week about state Democrats calling for G.O.P gubernatorial hopeful Rick Lazio to air his views on the Wall Street reform bill, the state Party is out with another release asking where Lazio is on FinReg.
“Rick Lazio’s views on Wall Street reform are so secret that the CIA should ask for pointers. After spending a decade lobbying against Wall Street reforms exactly like the ones signed into law today, Lazio has no right to keep his views on Wall Street reform to himself,” said Jay Jacobs, chair of the state Dems.
They hit a Lazio spokesman for saying in our piece, “There is a lot to fix in Albany without getting into matters of the Senate.”
Responds Jacobs, “Foolishly suggesting that financial reform isn’t relevant to governing New York is like saying seatbelts aren’t relevant to car safety. No one buys the idea that a Wall Street lobbyist like Rick has no opinion on the most sweeping reform of Wall Street in a generation. It may not be pleasant, but it’s time for Rick Lazio to tell the truth to voters and admit that he opposes Wall Street reform.”
Jacobs notes that Lazio’s fellow G.O.P hopefuls, Senate candidate David Malpass and Comptroller candidate Harry Wilson have come out against the reforms, as have Lazio’s former employer, JP Morgan Chase.
The law, the most sweeping overhaul of the financial system since the Great Depression, was signed today by President Obama.