They just can't help themselves. Democrats in New York State continue to find new and innovative ways to embarrass themselves and this state. It's not enough that the party of corruption has had such glorious representatives as Kevin Parker, Hiram Monserrate, Pedro Espada, Eliot Spitzer, Charles Rangel, Alan Hevesi, David Paterson, Crystal Peoples and Tony Seminerio, you can now add soon-to-be-former State Senator Carl Kruger to this list of the state's worst of the worst.
In case you missed it, and it's likely you have since none of the local papers have seen fit to cover it, Kruger was charged yesterday with taking over $1 million in bribes from 2006 to 2011. Charges in the complaint include conspiracy and money laundering. The complaint alleges that Kruger, in addition to the bribes, pushed legislation benefiting a health care network.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who unveiled the complaint against Kruger and seven others, summed yesterday's events up quite nicely:
“It should be a jarring wake up call. Instead, it seems no matter how many times the alarm goes off, Albany just hits the snooze button." He went on to say, "Elective office is a privilege, not a right, that elected officials are there to serve the public, not themselves, and those who violate the public trust will end their career in prison. Albany, it seems, should see this as a moment of truth and a moment for change. Once again, it can clean up its act and its culture. Until then we will continue."
We're not too confident that the Dems in Albany will see it that way. In fact, the full brunt of this particular investigation may not have been felt yet. Dems insiders are speculating that Kruger may sing like a canary to federal investigators about the most egregious acts of corruption occurring at the hands of his own conference members. Considering what a self-serving prick Kruger is, it would not surprise us one bit if he throws his own guys under the bus to spare himself some jail time.
As Liz Benjamin pointed out, Kruger has been a prodigious fundraiser - now we know how. He currently has nearly $1.9 million in his campaign account. As Jimmy Vielkind writes, beneficiaries of Kruger's bribes, errr generosity, have included:
– $16,500 to former Senator Antoine Thompson in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
– $9,500 to Buffalo Senator Tim Kennedy, after he defeated Sen. Bill Stachowski in a primary.
– $450,000 in September and October of 2010 to the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. He also gave $25,000 to the committee in 2009.
– $32,000 to the Kings County Democratic Committee between 2007 and 2010.
– $50,000 to the Democratic State Committee in 2008.
– $50,000 to Gov. David Paterson’s campaign in 2008. Ironically, much of Paterson’s campaign cash was later used to pay legal bills.
– $2,000 to Sen. Velmanette Montgomery in 2008 and 2009.
– $3,500 to Sen. Joe Addabbo in 2009 and 2010.
– $1,000 to Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny in 2010.
– $5,000 to the Bushwick United Democratic Club in 2009.
– $5,000 to Sen. David Carlucci in October of 2010.
– $1,000 to Sen. Eric Adams in March 2009.
– $1,000 to Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson in February 2009.
– $6,300 to Assemblyman Vito Lopez in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
– $1,000 to Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson in March of 2009.
– $14,500 to Sen. Pedro Espada in October 2008.
– $14,500 to Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. from 2008 to 2010.
– Bet hedging: $2,500 to Sen. Gustavo Rivera in October 2010, after he defeated Espada in a primary.
– $2,000 to Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras in August 2009.
– $1,000 each to former Senators Darrel Aubertine, Brian Foley and Craig Johnson in 2009.
– $750 to Assemblyman Bill Colton in 2007 and 2010.
– $2,475 to Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio in in 2009.
– $6,000 to Sen. Bill Perkins in 2009 and 2010.
– $5,000 to Sen. Kevin Parker in 2010.
– $7,000 to Sen. Neil Breslin in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
– $2,750 to Councilman Stephen Levin in 2009.
– $1,000 to Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer in 2009.
– $7,000 to Sen. Toby Stavisky in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
– $7,000 to Sen. Shirley Huntley in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
– $1,000 to Sen. Malcolm Smith in 2009.
– $13,000 to former Sen. Hiram Monserrate in 2010.
– $1,000 to Sen. Jeff Klein in 2009.
– $1,000 to Sen. Diane Savino in 2009.
– $1,000 to Sen. Jose M. Serrano in 2009.
– $1,000 to Sen. Tom Duane in 2009.
– $1,000 to Sen. David Valesky in 2009
Every single one of the above recipients is a Democrat and every single one of them should give this dirty money back, including the DSCC which took $450k from Kruger. The list is also chock full of other crooks who got what they deserved for their crimes and others whose time will come.
One time, one of these guys needs to be sent to Attica, not some country club prison. Since nothing else seems to be a deterrent, maybe the thought of being Bubba's bitch will provide these guys the incentive to stay on the straight and narrow. The again....maybe not.