When I moved to New York from South Carolina, I proudly announced via Twitter to my newfound home that I wouldn’t have to deal with the outrageous escapades of S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford anymore.
Sure enough, I immediately got the inside scoop on New York’s politics.
I knew the state’s politics were a little backwards (Circus in the Senate, 2009. Ring a bell?), but I had no idea.
In the spirit of Tuesday’s primary races, here are the top three political pests of New York.
3. Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate – This former state senator was convicted for domestic violence, kicked out of the Senate, lost in the special election to fill his empty seat, and now he’s is running for an assembly position. When’s this guy going to take a hint?
2. U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel – “You’re a crook!” This 20-term veteran congressman is under investigation for 13 various ethics violations, stemming from using a subsidized apartment as his campaign office, financial statement disclosure issues and much more.
1. State Sen. Pedro Espada – This state senator representing the Bronx is under investigation for “siphoning more than $14 million” from his own health clinic, was the ringleader in last summer’s Senate Circus tale, and doesn’t even live in his own district. You, Mr. Espada, are nothing but a Grade-A vermin-ridden, hot-tempered, egocentric political pest.