Bernie Madoff, the convicted operator of a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of billions of dollars, apparently hasn’t been swept up by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s populist rhetoric.
In a Politico interview at a North Carolina medium-security prison last week, Mr. Madoff gave a series of colorful answers when asked about Mr. de Blasio and other politicians.
“I’m not a great fan of redistribution of wealth,” said the former Upper East Sider when asked about the city’s new mayor. (A sign reading, “Inmates are not allowed to handle money,” was reportedly posted on a prison vending machine nearby.)
Mr. Madoff, who was sentenced to a 150-year sentence in 2009, further said that he’d voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 but, “His policies are too socialist.”
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner in the 2016 presidential conest, has earned Mr. Madoff’s ire as well. “I certainly wasn’t impressed with her as secretary of state,” he said. “Our foreign policy is a mess.”
Mr. Madoff also described New York Senator Chuck Schumer as a “personable guy” who would press him for money a couple of times a year. “I am not commenting,” Mr. Schumer repeatedly told Politico in response.
Asked why he agreed to this most recent interview, Mr. Madoff seemed flummoxed: “I’m not sure why I’m doing this.”