Democratic State Sen. Daniel Squadron called on his Democratic colleague, State Sen. Malcolm Smith, to resign after he was arrested this morning and accused of orchestrating bribery scheme to land himself in the Republican mayoral primary.
“The charges outlined in today’s complaint are simply shocking,” Mr. Squadron, who’s also a candidate for public advocate this year, said in a statement earlier today. “This is something that belongs in ‘House of Cards,’ not an election to decide who will run our city or any part of our government. Regardless of the outcome of the criminal charges filed against Senator Smith, he has lost the public trust — and he should resign.”
Mr. Smith, already stripped of his leadership position in breakaway Independent Democratic Conference that governs the State Senate along with the Republican caucus, was charged along with Republican Councilman Dan Halloran, Queens Republican Party Executive Vice President Vince Tabone and Bronx Republican County Chair Jay Savino, in a wide-reaching bribery scheme. Their alleged aim was to allow Mr. Smith, a Democrat, into the Republican mayoral primary. Mr. Squadron appears to be the first elected official to call for Mr. Smith’s resignation.
As a side note, Mr. Squadron was not the only politico to compare Mr. Smith’s alleged illegalities to House of Cards, the ongoing television show involving a plethora of Washington intrigue.
“Malcolm Smith’s career and plotting remind me of ‘House of Cards,'” Slate reporter David Weigel tweeted today. “if ‘House of Cards’ was about a moron.”
Mr. Smith has maintained his innocence.