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NY state senator arrested in alleged plot to bribe way into NYC mayor’s race; others charged

A New York state lawmaker was arrested Tuesday along with several other politicians in an alleged plot to bribe his way into the race for mayor of New York City.

Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith tried to pay off some of New York City’s Republican party bosses to get himself on the ballot as a GOP candidate, federal authorities said.

“The complaint describes an unappetizing smorgasbord of graft and greed involving six officials who together built a corridor of corruption stretching from Queens and the Bronx to Rockland County and all the way up to Albany itself,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

Republican New York City Councilman Dan Halloran and four other political figures also were charged.

Smith, 56, “tried to bribe his way to a shot at Gracie Mansion,” Bharara said in a statement, referring to the official mayor’s residence. “Smith drew up the game plan and Councilman Halloran essentially quarterbacked that drive by finding party chairmen who were wide open to receiving bribes.”

In meetings with a cooperating witness and an undercover FBI agent posing as a wealthy real estate developer, Smith agreed to bribe leaders of Republican Party county committees around New York City in an attempt to run for mayor as a Republican, even though he was a registered Democrat, a criminal complaint said.

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More GOP chicanery

Why anyone is proud to call this is their party astounds me.