Not once, but twice.
This week, two more New York pols - one Democrat, one Republican - were convicted in two different corruption cases.
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Let's let LoHud fill you in on the first conviction, Republican Sen. Tom Libous, which occurred over 62 days after the last time we had to #ResetTheClock:
Sen. Thomas Libous, the state Senate’s second-ranking Republican and a Southern Tier political institution for more than two decades, was convicted Wednesday of lying to the FBI, a felony that will force his removal from office.
A jury found Libous, 62, guilty of lying to federal investigators during a 2010 interview at his state Capitol office about an alleged scheme to use his influence to get his son a job at a politically connected Westchester County law firm.
The verdict, after six hours of deliberations, was announced in White Plains federal court. Libous’ ouster from office will raise new questions about whether Democrats or Republicans will control the 63-seat chamber when they return to Albany in January.
Then, a little over a day later, the New York Times covered the conviction of former Democratic Senate Leader, Sen. John Sampson:
State Senator John L. Sampson was convicted on Friday of trying to thwart a federal investigation, becoming the latest New York lawmaker to face a prison sentence.
He was found guilty of three of nine charges, the most serious of which, obstructing justice, carries a maximum term of 10 years. He was acquitted of charges carrying sentences of up to 20 years.
Mr. Sampson, who previously served as the Democratic leader in the Senate, was also found guilty on two charges of making false statements. The jury in Federal District Court in Brooklyn delivered its verdict after six days of deliberations.
As a result of his felony conviction, Mr. Sampson immediately lost his seat in the Legislature. He is the second state senator to be found guilty this week, after Thomas W. Libous, a Republican, was convicted on Wednesday and forfeited his seat.The crazy thing about all of this is that BOTH corrupt senators were easily re-elected while under the color of scandal, along with two other NY politicians - disgraced Congressman Michael Grimm and NY Assemblyman William Scarborough.
Clearly, voters in New York have become so used to corruption, that being under indictment isn't reason enough to vote for the opposition?
What a sad state of affairs.