October 6, 2009

Sedita Story a P.R. Disaster, Politically Intriguing

If you're a political junkie and have not yet read this story from the Buffalo News, I highly recommend taking a few minutes to look at the piece. I can assure you, you're not going to feel any better about politics after reading it.

As you undoubtedly heard if you live in Western New York, former Assistant District Attorney Mark Sacha was terminated from his position earlier this week by District Attorney Frank Sedita for going public with his assertion that political insider Steve Pigeon should have been prosecuted for election fraud. Sedita says that as a "cooperating witness," Pigeon received the "functional equivalent of immunity" from then- District Attorney Frank J. Clark in a case involving the 2007 campaign for county executive by former West Seneca Supervisor Paul T. Clark.

The problem for Sedita is that Clark says no such arrangement was ever made. Clark acknowledges that Pigeon was indeed a witness, but for all intents and purposes, is saying that Sedita is using him as a way out of this mess. Clark isn't going for it.

The story goes through a multitude of he said/she said/he said scenarios.

We're not talking about some rinky-dink community here. We're talking about one of the largest counties in the state, some serious political players and huge allegations of improprieties. It's quite obvious to anyone who's been following this debacle that it is not going to be resolved anytime soon, and certainly not by local officials.

It is time for the Attorney General to jump in. Of course, considering the fact that all of the players in this fiasco are Democrats, the state will likely proceed with extreme caution as any findings of misdeeds will likely burn of of their own. But that shouldn't matter. It does, but it shouldn't.

Stay tuned for more of politics at its worst. This situation is far from over.

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