NY Assembly Speaker
The Manhattan Libertarian Party held its convention on January 24, and raised four cents for the legal defense for New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who was recently arrested by the FBI on corruption chargers.
“I think it’s great we’re helping him out like this,” said newly re-elected Manhattan LP Chair Brian Waddell. “How is it possible that what he did is illegal when everyone else in Albany is doing the same thing, and they make the laws?”
“The first three cents were from me, to prime the pump, and nobody would confess to putting in the fourth penny,” said Secretary/Treasurer Mark Axinn, who also serves as Chair of the Libertarian Party of New York.
“It seems that most of our members believed that Silver, in his two decades as Speaker, had already extracted more than enough tax money out of them,” said Waddell. “If anything, they wanted to contribute to a legal offense fund to go after Silver’s partners in crime, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill DeBlasio, who, along with dozens of Democrats in the Assembly, continue to defend Silver publicly.”