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Sen. Daniel Squadron seems to be the first elected calling directly for Sen. Malcolm Smith's resignation following his arrest by the FBI for his alleged involvement in a scheme to buy the Republican line in the New York City mayor's race.
"The charges outlined in today's complaint are simply shocking. This is something that belongs in 'House of Cards,' not an election to decide who will run our city or any part of our government," said Squadron in a statement.
For the uninitiated 'House of Cards' is a totally-awesome take down of corruption in politics and journalism presented in episodic format by Netflix. I highly recommend it.
"Regardless of the outcome of the criminal charges filed against Senator Smith, he has lost the public trust -- and he should resign," Squadron continues. "Scandal after scandal underscores the need for fundamental reform of the system, including laws to create a better campaign finance system and more open and competitive elections, and to disentangle public service from for-profit business."
Squadron is currently running for public advocate.
For more on the election rigging scandal check out these posts:
Smith's Spokesman Issues Statement: Senator Will Be 'Vindicated'
Klein Strips Smith of Assignments, Chairmanship
Carlucci "Shocked and Outraged" By Smith's Alleged Misconduct
State Government Editor of The Gotham Gazette