McLAUGHLIN TO OPPONENTS: DON’T ACCEPT CASH FROM SILVER
Assemblyman calls on opponents to publicly pledge to not accept cash from Silver after he used “hush money” to cover up sexual harassment, state position on Silver as Speaker
Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C-Melrose) recently wrote to his fellow candidates for state assembly in the 107th Assembly district in response to the recent actions by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for using taxpayer dollars as “hush money” in an effort to cover up a sexual misconduct scandal. McLaughlin asked each candidate that they publicly pledge to not accept monetary or in-kind resources from Mr. Silver in light of his decision to morally misuse taxpayer dollars while covering up the latest Albany scandal.
“I’m deeply concerned by Mr. Silver’s lack of transparency and judgment when he, behind closed doors, used his leadership role to spend taxpayer money to pay off these innocent victims due to Mr. Lopez’s alleged pre-mediated sexual misconduct,” said McLaughlin. “I’m equally as concerned that Mr. Silver feels no need to bring these serious and disgusting allegations to the Assembly ethics panel just because a monetary settlement – with our money – was reached.
“This latest incident is the third time, that we know of, in which Mr. Silver has circumvented the criminal justice system and paid hush money to cover up for his corrupt colleagues.”
McLaughlin noted he is committed and focused on running a clean and hard-fought campaign. He also pledged that he will not accept monetary or in-kind resources from individuals like Mr. Silver, who McLaughlin added that “his [Mr. Silver’s] decision-making, morals and transparency are in serious question and absolutely not for the good of the taxpayers and business owners in the 107th Assembly district.”
Writing to each candidate, McLaughlin stated, “I ask that you publicly pledge to not accept monetary or in-kind resources from Mr. Silver in light of his decision to so blatantly misuse our hard earned money and to not bring full justice to these innocent women by advancing these sexual harassment claims to the Assembly ethics panel. Mr. Silver’s money, and money from individuals like him, has no place in our community. Our district expects and deserves better. I also ask that you clearly and publicly state whether or not you would vote for Sheldon Silver as Speaker of the Assembly.”