This week's most Corrupt Democrat is longtime NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Last month it was reported that Quinn's office allocated money to fictitious nonprofits as a placeholder to disburse the money throughout the year--that included $$$ to her lesbian lover. It has also been reported that some council members allocated money to bogus groups in their neighborhoods. In some cases the nonprofits had relatives of council members on their payroll. Two aides to Councilman Kendall Stewart (D-Brooklyn) have been indicted for skimming $145,000 to bogus nonprofits and the investigation threatens to grow. Now Quinn, a possible candidate for mayor when Michael Bloomberg's second term ends, is facing scrutiny from the feds as well as calls from her own peeps on the City Council to resign:
Two weeks ago, Ms. Quinn was facing her first major public embarrassment: the disclosure that she had not known, or had been less than forthright, about the strange way the Council handled its discretionary funds. Now she is facing what may be a more serious threat to her political future: the growing rebellion of council members who have criticized her attempts to limit damage from the revelations as amounting to a surrender of power to the mayor.
With little notice or briefing to council members, Ms. Quinn held a news conference last Friday to unveil a plan to allocate discretionary grants through a competitive process overseen by the mayor’s Office of Contracts, severely curtailing the Council’s latitude.
Some have called her dishonest. Some have called for her to resign. William C. Thompson Jr., the city comptroller and a potential rival in a race for the mayor’s office, has said he would police the Council’s spending. And Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said he wanted the administration to oversee all but the smallest Council appropriations.