The New York State Republican Party is turning a familiar Democratic Party accusation back against the Assembly Democrats, who are involved in a sexual harassment scandal.
New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox says it is the Assembly Democrats who are engaging in a “war on women,” after Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez was censured for sexual harassment, and it was revealed that the Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had authorized a previous secret settlement against two other alleged victims of Lopez.
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, a minority party Republican says steps need to be taken so a similar payout never happens again.
“If there is no law, we should pass a law so that there can be no more secret agreements like this,” said Tedisco. “When this type of behavior takes place.”
Tedisco is not calling for the speaker to resign, though GOP chairman Ed Cox is saying Silver should step down.
The assemblyman says he would rather wait to see a report from the state ethics commission, which is said to be investigating.
A spokesman for Silver says the speaker and Assembly Democrats have a track record defending women's rights, and the GOP is “using an issue for political gain” without “having all the facts.”