An honest politician is simply unelectable
First, Sheldon Silver, then Dean Skelos, now Carl Heastie. And we’re supposed to be shocked.
The great radio comedian Fred Allen had their number in the 1940s, when he asked Senator Claghorn, a character in “Allen’s Alley,” about being a child prodigy. The senator told about his pappy locking him in a room with a pile of wheat, a whole roast beef and a pile of money. If he was playing with the wheat, he’d be a farmer. If he was eating the beef, he’d be a glutton. If he was playing with the money, he’d be a banker. He was soon discovered with the wheat in one hand, the money in the other and sitting on the roast beef helping himself to the gravy. “Son,” said the senator, “that’s when my pappy knew I’d be a politician!”
I believe in our times anyone truly clean is unelectable.