It was 20 years ago – November 1998 – when the desperately ambitious Eliot Spitzer got elected Attorney General of New York. Spitzer proceeded to show the world how this office could be thoroughly politicized, using phony prosecutions of one financial institution after another to get his name in the papers on a daily basis. By 2007 Spitzer had moved on to the office of Governor (in which he lasted barely more than a year before seeing his career implode in a prostitution scandal). But the lessons that Spitzer taught about how to abuse the law enforcement powers of the AG’s office in the pursuit of personal ambition were not lost on his successors.
In the 2012 election, we got the even-more-desperately-ambitious (and darling of the progressive left) Eric Schneiderman as AG. Schneiderman took the politicization of the office to a level even far beyond that of Spitzer, which is saying a lot. For a review a small selection of Schneiderman’s improper activities, see my May 8, 2018 post, “Good Riddance To Eric Schneiderman.” By the way, that post was occasioned by Schneiderman’s own resignation from office, again over an issue of mistreatment of women. What is it about these guys? Could it be that bad guys are actually bad in more than one aspect of their lives?
And now the 2018 election has given us one Letitia James as our next AG, to assume office on January 1. Ms. James has most recently served as New York City “Public Advocate” – an elected office without observable responsibilities that principally serves to keep its holder in the public eye at taxpayer expense ready to step in to fill the next office when its occupant either implodes or is term-limited. (The prior Public Advocate was Bill de Blasio.)
What are the prospects for Ms. James? . . .Read More