Calls for Lopez's Resignation
August 24th, 2012
The New King’s Democrats, a group that has been battling Brooklyn political boss Vito Lopez for political power on the local level have called for the embattled Assemblyman to resign following his censure by the Assembly for sexual harassment. “Yet again, Vito Lopez has embarrassed Brooklyn and the Democratic Party. †We have long been used to stories about his corruption, cronyism and nepotism,” said Alex Low, president of NKD. “Today’s news marks a new low. †Vito’s time has come. †We encourage other leaders to join us in demanding his resignation and calling for fresh leadership.”
The tide of calls for Lopez to resign seems to have started. Scott Stringer tweeted: “Assemblymember Vito Lopez has violated any trust that voters placed in him, and he should step down immediately.
Common Cause issued a statement , stating: “It is clear that Assembly Member Lopez should resign not only from the Assembly but also from his chairmanship of the Kings County Democratic Party.”
Here is Common Cause’s full statement:
“Assembly Member Vito Lopez’ shocking and abhorrent sexual misconduct demands a swift and strong penalty. Speaker Silver has acted judiciously by adopting the Standing Committee of Ethics and Guidance’s appropriate sanctions, stripping the powerful assembly member of his committee chairmanship and seniority. We particularly applaud the courage of the two unnamed employees of the State Assembly for coming forward with their complaints against a powerful senior member of the Assembly. It is clear that Assembly Member Lopez should resign not only from the Assembly but also from his chairmanship of the Kings County Democratic Party.
It is often the case that those who feel empowered to sexually harass one or two employees fail to stop there. It may well be that this is only the most recent instance of Assembly Member Lopez’ gross misconduct. We call on the Joint Committee for Public Integrity to conduct the necessary broad investigation to assure New Yorkers and other employees of the State Legislature that such conduct will not be tolerated.By David King on August 24, 2012, 4:14 pm
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