THE POWER OF THE EXECUTIVE...SCALPING METS TICKETS AND GETTING AWAY WITH IT

          Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called out Gov. Cuomo for reportedly purchasing a number of New York Mets tickets to World Series games 3 and 4 directly from the organization and selling them at his personal campaign fundraiser for $5,500 apiece. Many fans are outraged at the abuse of executive power exhibited by the governor to benefit his own re-election campaign. McLaughlin said Gov. Cuomo’s autocratic and abusive tactics have disgraced lifelong Mets fans, Major League Baseball and New York State as a whole.

          “Gov. Cuomo’s tactic of buying a number of high-end Mets World Series tickets though his campaign account is a slap in the face to every single Mets fan who is trying desperately to win a ticket through the lottery,” McLaughlin said. “What kind of message is the governor sending to the eight-year old Mets fan on Long Island whose family is trying to win tickets? He’s saying that rich politicians don’t care about you because they can use their money and power to get anything they want. This is one more example of why people distrust elected officials and how Gov. Cuomo is a self-indulgent, narcissistic ideologue incapable of doing anything that does not benefit him personally.

          “This should be a joyous day for New Yorkers as one of our teams will compete for a world championship, instead Gov. Cuomo turns it into a political event. Just because you are an elected official does not mean you shouldn’t have to abide by the same rules as everyone else. I am dismayed by the governor’s exploitation of the New York Mets and his office’s power. I am officially calling on New York State Inspector General Scott to launch an investigation into how Gov. Cuomo obtained these tickets, exactly how many were sold and if any special favors were given to the governor to allow him to obtain this many high-end seats when average fans are subject to a lottery.”

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website

 

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