Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tough Times for Democrat De B: De Blasio handling corruption scandal like a true scoundrel

Photo: Helayne Seidman

Bill de Blasio, New York’s Communist mayor, is shaping up to have one of the city’s most corrupt administrations in New York history.
  NY Post’s columnist Michael Goodwyn breaks it all down.   

Here’s a scoop: Every politician’s bunker has a playbook for what to do when prosecutors are closing in. A guide for scoundrels, it advises how to aggressively assert your innocence while saying as little as possible. If necessary, make a minor concession, then stop answering questions and look busy as hell doing your job while privately setting up a legal defense.
Welcome to Mayor Putz’s predicament.

With the corruption scandal expanding, this passage from yesterday’s Post captures a double standard and the mayor throwing a small bone to the wolves: “Four top police officials have already been disciplined as part of the long-running investigation — and Mayor de Blasio has vowed to return the $9,900 Rechnitz and Reichnitz’s wife donated to his 2013 campaign.”

So four NYPD commanders instantly pay a big price for their unspecified roles, while their boss says he will give back a fraction of the money contributed to him by a suspect businessman. 

Oh, and the boss says that if there is anything wrong, it’s the system’s fault, not his. Then he declares he won’t answer any more questions on the topic.
A scoundrel’s playbook in action.

Cops are all-too familiar with double standards. They’re usually held to the highest test of integrity while also considered the most expendable in a political crisis. That strikes me as foolishness compounded.

Yet corruption has little to do with fairness and everything to do with power. And to hear deBlasio talk, he is far too big to be held to the same rules as the little people, cops included. 

Imagine two white cops putting on the racially charged skit about “C.P. Time” that de Blasio and Hillary Clinton participated in Saturday. Would they have gotten away with de Blasio’s excuse, that “I think people are missing the point here”?

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