Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Political Wall of Silence: Not One Pol Expresses Outrage, McLaughlin Goes to Jail

The Political Wall of Silence
Not One Pol Expresses Outrage, As Their Co-Worker Goes to Jail

Judge Sullivan said. “This is a day of failure for everyone.” "Brian M. McLaughlin" the federal judge continued “You had every opportunity, and you used those opportunities and squandered them for your own benefit on a monumental scale.” The Judge slammed the former Democratic assemblyman for what the judge called a "brazen and perversely creative" theft scheme that funded a lavish lifestyle including three mistresses. Sullivan said the onetime labor leader -- who admitted stealing from taxpayers, political contributors, union members and even his local Little League -- preyed on more victims than the judge had ever before seen. A group of union leaders, family and friends submitted letters to Judge Sullivan for consideration during sentencing. The submissions come from people as wide-ranging as McLaughlin's Alcholics Anonymous sponsor to State Senator Padavan.

Not one word in any of the papers from his former colleagues in the Assembly or anyone else elected to office who according to informed sources, are hiding from the press on this sentencing as they do any time one of their co-workers goes to jail. It is like the bad old days of the police department's "Blue Wall of Silence," before the Rev. Sharpton and others caused at least some good cops to speak out against the bad cops. To this date there been no pressure by the press or any public demonstrations to force pols to speak out against bad pols. In the 70's Rev. Sharpton said the fact that cops did not go after their lawless partners was the leading cause of corruption in the Police Department. No less can be said about the pols who fail to speak out against their corrupt colleagues. Ex-Labor Leader Is Sentenced to 10 Years for Racketeering. The NYT has an editorial about corruption in the British Parliament Poor, Poor Parliament, but nothing about the Brian. No editorial in the NYP or DN either *** Queens residents don't wish Brian well *** POL GETS JAIL IN $3M SCAM *** Supporters bombarded the judge with 50 letters, including some that noted McLaughlin's recent enrollment in Alcoholics Anonymous and renewed devotion to his family *** Ex-Queens Assemblymember Mclaughlin gets 10 years

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