Prosecutors: N.Y. Democrat tried to bribe way onto GOP mayoral ballot
April 2nd, 2013
11:18 AM ET
1 year ago

Prosecutors: N.Y. Democrat tried to bribe way onto GOP mayoral ballot

(CNN) - New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested Tuesday morning on charges they schemed to fix the city's 2013 mayoral election through fraud and bribery, according to prosecutors.

The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan alleges that Smith, a Democrat, bribed Halloran, a Republican, to help guarantee Smith a spot on the Republican ballot in the November election.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Corruption by any elected official is unacceptable and they must be held accountable for their actions. Mr. Smith and the other accused are innocent until proven guilty, but this almost looks like a slam dunk case.

    April 2, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. PaulCat

    Democrats, you should know by now, you have to be a republican in order to get away with fraud and bribery.

    April 2, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    The greatest election fraud, and corruption, is to be found in local governments, and the bigger the locality, the bigger the fraud and corruption, there will be, to find.

    Inner city government corruption, is rampant, in all of our major cities........and many, many, smaller cities and towns.

    April 2, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Thomas

    Maybe New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith and former Representative Jesse L. Jackson Jr could share a cell in a Federal correctional facility together.

    We need longer and harsher sentences for political corruption. Corruption is like an Addiction of Greed , it affects all genders , race and creed .

    Ask Former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-San Diego

    April 2, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Here we have a case of election fraud being committed by Republicans behind closed doors, not voters at the ballot box.

    April 2, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Jules

    power and greed together = corruption every time.

    April 2, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So what you're telling me is that we FINALLY get some collaboration between an R and a D and it turns out they collaborated to defraud the public? Why am I NOT surprised.

    Seriously, can someone please explain this one to me? Was the Democrat seeking to have the GOP back HIM up instead of their mayoral candidate? I'm frankly confused.

    April 2, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. rs

    What a stupid move!

    April 2, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    Here we have a case of election fraud being committed by Republicans behind closed doors, not voters at the ballot box.
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    Yes Rudy, but in all fairness what about the Democrat's part in this?
    I would re-phrase your statement to say election fraud being committed by elected officials VERSUS the voters at the ballot box.
    Once again polticians projecting their own foibles on us when they are the ones that need closer policing.

    April 2, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Dominican Mama asked:

    Seriously, can someone please explain this one to me? Was the Democrat seeking to have the GOP back HIM up instead of their mayoral candidate? I'm frankly confused.
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    It will come out in time. But, this reminds of the black guy in SC who had ran and won the Senate Democratic nomination but couldn't explain how he did it. Actually, I think there are wheels within wheels spinning here. I would suspect that someone had wanted to reduce the number of votes for the Democratic candidate by splitting the minority vote, by having a minority running as a conservative.

    April 2, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. jowl

    Anthony Weiner is a shoo-in for this job.

    April 2, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Peace

    Does anyone thinks this is different from: "voter suppression"? I do not think so myself. Both are all about stealing the votes.

    April 2, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. george cook

    THis is SORT of TYPICAL isn't it for the DEMS to do this type of trickery...any way they can "Rig the Deck" they will try it...counter espionage...right>>>

    April 2, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. ghostriter

    Quite interesting. This cat went about this all wrong. All he had to do was stand up and say I hate Obama. Conservatives would have instantly fell in love with him. Look at Artur Davis, Ben Carson, Herman Big Daddy Kane and the rest of the yahoos.

    April 2, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. 2012liberal

    @rudy correct. SC put allen green as dem canidate whom was simple at best. Think Demint was n on that one. I think SC have open primaries.

    April 2, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So what you're telling me is that we FINALLY get some collaboration between an R and a D and it turns out they collaborated to defraud the public? Why am I NOT surprised.
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    Takes "compromise" to a whole new level, doesn't it?

    April 2, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    where was the fbi when mayor bloomberg bought his last term in office? Where was the fbi when mayor bloomberg bought out city council members...? please give me a break...so you only go after one person but not all that is corrupt??? spare me.

    April 2, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Takes "compromise" to a whole new level, doesn't it?
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    Lawds yes Lynda!
    LOL!!

    April 2, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. tony

    I live in New york and i will never vote for any democrat who is a councilman, it's like this a pattern you vote for them , and they end up betraying you.

    April 2, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. California Conservative

    Typical. .

    Nothing new here people move along...............

    April 2, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |