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Queens King of Corruption?
October 18th, 2006

Even in these cynical times, the alleged crimes of Queens Assemblymember Brian McLaughlin, head of the New York Central Labor Council, have caused amazement, gaining him coverage far away from his Queens, Albany and Long Island homes.

A blogger identified as Frederick, Maryland, writes in Demagogue, that the alleged theft of some $2.2 million by the head of the Central Labor Council proves, “you don’t have to serve in Congress to have a knack for sleaze and corruption; nor must you be a Republican…. My favorite? That McLaughlin allegedly stole $95,000 from Little League baseball teams to pay for housing costs.”

McLaughlin’s arrest finally gives state Republicans a scandal “to smile about,” says Capitol Confidential, reporting that the state GOP gleefully declared this as a continuation of the Assembly Democrats’ “long tradition of corruption.”

Capitol Confidential goes on to say, “Even in the current scandal-ridden atmosphere of New York and national politics, the extent of this is mid-boggling,” while the Daily Politics thinks McLaughlin makes State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, who used a state employee as a personal chauffeur for his wife, “look like a choir boy.”

The News expresses amazement at the extent to which McLaughlin may have married political and labor corruption. “Some things are so monumental as to be breathtaking,” the editorial says, The Grand Canyon. The Great Pyramid at Giza. The alleged thievery of Central Labor Council President Brian McLaughlin.”

Given the enormity of the charges, writes the Post, why haven’t labor leaders expressed some real outrage? “After all,” the editorial says, “weren’t they the chief victims of his greed? They paid for the $80,000 Mercedes Benz that McLaughlin bought his wife – and provided cash to two girlfriends.
It was their money that paid McLaughlin’s country-club membership, marina fees for his boat, his credit-card bills, renovations to his posh Long Island home and the rent on his Albany and Queens apartments.”

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    October 19th, 2006 at 2:54 pm

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