I was a happy guy Tuesday because finally, one of the bad guys lost.
There are certain politicians who just always seem to get away with everything.
You know they’re dirty, the district attorneys and other lawyers know their dirty, but time after time they escape the clutches of the law. Former Alaska senator Ted Stevens was one of those guys, until he was finally caught and convicted in 2008.
And now, Joe Bruno is headed to the slammer. Joe Bruno, for those who don’t know him, ruled the New York state assembly as Majority Leader for 14 years, and was in the state senate for 31 years. He made deals, he flouted ethics rules, and he basically got away with anything he wanted, because Joe was all powerful.
The one good thing I could say about the Republican leader is that he did help get millions in state money for the Capital Region, where I once lived for a few years.
But with Joe, the bad outweighed the good. He stalled any forward-looking, Democratic legislation he could. He made backroom deals and cut out so many in the democratic process. He helped ram a bill through that brought back the death penalty to New York, and was as virulently anti-choice as you could get when it came to abortion.
But his corruption truly galled me. Every deal he made, was a favor to a lobbyist or had some shady connotation. But he was never caught.
Until, finally, last year, when he was indicted on eight federal felony counts of corruption and mail fraud. Seems Old Joe was accused of taking $3.2 million in consulting fees from an “associate” for work that was never done.
Monday, the guilty verdict came in, and Old Joe Bruno was going to the slammer, for 20 years to life.
Oh, I don’t have any illusions that this will usher in a brand-new day in the sewer-filth that is New York state politics, or that crooks up in Albany won’t still get away with stuff.
But it is nice to know that every once in a while, justice does get served.
***At this point, if you’re a slutty woman who’s met Tiger Woods and he didn’t want to have an affair with you, aren’t you feeling kind of insulted? It’s like being the guy in gym class who nobody picked for Dodgeball.
I’m just saying. Also, check out this “SNL” skit from last week on Mr. Woods. Pretty damn funny.
**Speaking of politics, nice to see the U.S. Senate reject the disgusting language put into the healthcare bill that would have put serious restrictions on the LEGAL abortions being performed in the country.
Nice to see a Democratic senator, Ben Nelson, co-sponsoring this crap. Let’s hope the amendment dies here. Also, Harry Reid should stop talking, Comparing health-care opponents to those who opposed ending slavery is really stupid.
**Finally, a really sad story report in the Duke basketball family, of which I’m a rabid fan. Freshman guard Andre Dawkins, by all accounts a really nice kid and a terrific young player, lost his sister in a fatal car accident Saturday while she and his mom were driving to North Carolina to watch Andre and Duke play St. John’s.
It’s a terrible tragedy, one that I can’t even fathom happening to me or anyone I love. My heart goes out to the Dawkins family during this horrible time.