"State Senator Malcolm A. Smith arranged payments to get on the ballot of the New York City mayoral race, according to federal prosecutors. Mr. Smith, a Democrat, wanted to run as a Republican, and needed approval from Republican leaders. A criminal complaint detailed transactions that led to the arrests of six officials. " NY Times
Naughty. Many will say that this kind of thing is typical of the fantasy archipelago of places like New York City, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago, etc. It is, and the ridiculous teacher corruption scandal in Atlanta comes to mind.
On the other hand, our popular governor, Bob McDonnell is reported to have allowed a developer who needed state help to pay for much of his daughter's wedding. This was in the ever hateful to Virginia Washington Post.
I have a deep and abiding loathing for state and local governmental pursuit of graft, and particularly the pursuit of developer money in zoning and re-development proposals.
The Department of Justice and the FBI have been zealous in pursuing such corruption in the Washington metro area north of the river.
Are we not deserving of their vigilance in the Old Dominion? pl