New York Mayor bill de blasio is trying to sweep this one under the rug.
New York City being New York City, maybe he can. But, then again, maybe he can’t.
Excerpted from Madeleine Weast’s article at Washington Free Beacon (freebeacon.com) – and use the link, because there’s a lot more there:
Jona Rechnitz, a major donor to New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, told prosecutors he had “many” talks with a fund-raiser about receiving “official acts” as a result of his donation.
There are letters that detail Rechnitz’s cooperation with prosecutors in the investigation into de Blasio’s fund-raising tactics, New York Daily News reported Friday.
Rechnitz raised nearly $200,000 for de Blasio. In October 2013, Rechnitz bundled more than $40,000 for the mayor and gave $50,000 to the mayor’s nonprofit, Campaign for One New York, in January 2014. Another $102,000 was donated to the New York Democratic Senate Committee in October 2014, in a failed effort by de Blasio to swing the Senate away from Republican control.
While the letters hid the names of the elected official and the fund-raiser, the mayor’s office did confirm Manhattan U.S. Attorney subpoenaed de Blasio’s key fund-raiser, Ross Offinger.
“With respect to political contributions, I expected for my conversations with the fundraiser that I would receive favorable municipal treatment,” Rechnitz said on June 6 during his plea.
Normally I would assume that the stench of corruption which permeates bill de blasio would not count; not in a city that gave him 73% of the vote last time around.
But there is a fascinating little twist to this. Her name is Hillary Clinton.
Why did Hillary Clinton lose the 2008 presidential nomination to Barack Obama? Because, as desirable as she was to the Democrat base, Mr. Obama – in no small part because of his race, I suspect – was even more desirable. Result? Candidate, then President, Obama.
But now, with Ms. Clinton fresh from her 2016 presidential loss and looking for a new base to operate from…I think you get the idea.
If she decides this is the one, and she is seen as more desirable to Democrats than bill de blasio? Maybe we get a Mayor Clinton.
I wouldn’t bet money on this scenario; at least not yet. But, tell you what: I wouldn’t bet against it either. Would you?