New York Democratic Assemblyman Vito Lopez is the latest politician to resign in a scandal, but Lopez has a curious twist. He will now run for a new office. With Antony Weiner now committed to running for mayor, it is the new version of political responsibility. You resign and then run again as a new man.
Lopez resigned after it was revealed that the state secretly paid women (plural) $103,000 to settle sexual harassment claims against the powerful Brooklyn politician. The accounts detailed unwanted advances and contact by the 71-year-old assemblyman.
After Lopez announced his resignation, Gov. Cuomo declared “Vito Lopez should not spend another day in office, let alone a whole month. He should resign effective immediately.” He will resign today and then start his campaign for the City Council.
That could result in a Lopez in the city council and a Weiner in the mayor’s office — giving hope to politicians everywhere that there is a place where no scandal is too great to overcome.
By the way, under the arcane rules in New York, Lopez might be able to pick his successor.