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New York City - Strong Attack Mailing Takes Aim at Silver

Published on: September 2, 2008 05:16 PM
By: NY Times
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New York City - Many residents of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Lower East Side district will soon be receiving a mailing that includes a letter from Elizabeth Crothers, the former Assembly aide who once accused a top Silver aide of rape.

Ms. Crothers has been a vocal critic of Mr. Silver during the primary campaign — she has long accused him of mishandling her case, which she pursued within the Assembly rather than through the police in Albany.

She has been an active supporter of Paul Newell, one of the two Democrats challenging Mr. Silver, though the mailings are financed by an Indianapolis-based group, the Common Sense Coalition, that said it was inspired by a recent story in The Times about Ms. Crothers.

“It’s not really a message about the race,” said Dan Perrin, co-founder of the group, which is making its first foray into New York politics. “The message is if a woman on your staff says one of your trusted staff raped me, you don’t hold a press conference and say I have complete faith and trust in my staffer. What you say is, ‘I’m going to let this investigation take its course.”


Mr. Silver is a Democrat; Mr. Perrin is a Republican activist who is also executive director of HSA Coalition, a health policy group, and former executive director of the American Taxpayers Alliance, a big business funded group that helped topple Gov. Gray Davis in California.

The Common Sense Coalition has already sent out more than 35,000 copies of the mailer.

The mailing includes excerpts from stories and editorials in The Times, The New York Post and The Daily News.

Ms. Crothers’s letter, addressed to residents of the 64th Assembly district, begins by saying she is “writing to tell you my story, one that New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver would rather you not hear…” It goes on to recount how Mr. Silver stood up for his aide, former counsel Michael Boxley, saying from the outset he would be “completely exonerated.”

The rest of the story is well-known in Albany. Two years later, Mr. Boxley was led from the Capitol in handcuffs and charged with raping another Assembly aide. He ultimately resigned and pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct under a deal that allowed him to avoid going to jail. In 2006, Mr. Silver and the Assembly leadership agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the second woman, who has never been publicly identified, accusing Mr. Silver of failing to properly investigate the Crothers case and of tolerating a culture of sexual harassment in the Assembly.

Ms. Crothers, in concluding her letter, said it was not “another sex scandal. Rather, it’s about abuse of power.”

Jonathan Rosen, a spokesman for Mr. Silver’s campaign, said, “it’s sad that a shady right-wing state organization that refuses to disclose its donors is attempting to inject gutter politics into this campaign.”


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 Sep 02, 2008 at 07:29 PM Anonymous Says:

That's Mayoer Bloomberg who wants Silver out..


 Sep 02, 2008 at 09:54 PM political analyst Says:

bloomberg isn't the only. my advice to shelly- don't take anything for granted.


 Sep 02, 2008 at 10:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Shelly is an amazing leader. All of you naysayers dont know anything


 Sep 02, 2008 at 10:47 PM Anonymous Says:

this reeks of bloomberg.
he wants all incumbents out and replaced with newbies he can control


 Sep 02, 2008 at 10:47 PM Anonymous Says:

shelly, may you go from strength to strength


 Sep 02, 2008 at 11:20 PM anon Says:

Whatever shelly would have said in that case wouldn't be good. He chose to let the investigators do their job.


 Sep 02, 2008 at 11:38 PM Anonymous Says:

This is bloombergs response to congestion pricing


 Sep 02, 2008 at 11:40 PM Rabbi Says:

I happen to know SPEAKER SILVER for a lot of years, he is fighting for his district by tooth and nail - no difrence of race or etnic, that's main'ly the answer for his votes.
The mayor "a control freak" wants to get him out beacuse of his power as speaker, he stop's some of his MESUGASINN.
Hopfuly the EAST-SIDE'RS will have enoegh sense not to change a powerful rep of theirs for a new nobody.


 Sep 03, 2008 at 12:18 AM Mark Levin Says:

Silver was on Nachum Segal tonight praising The Messiah Lord (very very chol x1B) Barak Osama Hussein Millhouse Obama. Libs are in bed with the libs.

I guess Silver isnt bright enough to see that his taxs will jump even higher if Obamanation becomes president.

Based on his praising Obamanation today, I see NEITHER of them are worthy of their position.


 Sep 03, 2008 at 01:58 AM ash Says:

he's done a lot of good but his support for gay marriage and abortion will take em out


 Sep 03, 2008 at 07:34 AM Robroy560 Says:

I remember this case with the rapes - whether they really happened or they were allegations. Either way, most people who are accused of raping a coworker get arrested and there is usually some sort of trial.

I'm sure if Boxley wasn't working for Silver, he would be in an orange jumpsuit in one of our prisons.

I don't understand liberals. Aren't they supposed to be the party that is sensitive to women? Why did Silver basically ignore Crothers?

Perhaps she should have gone to the police in Albany. But knowing Albany, the local police would have turned it over to the state police. It probbaly would have been squashed too, unless it involved going after a republican. Remember, Eliot Spitzer (another Jewish embarassment) was the governor then.


 Sep 03, 2008 at 09:49 AM Anonymous Says:

Silver, your time is off!! if your hand didn't freeze when you were supposed to sign a bill for immorality and the lowest of toiaivoh, you're a shame for the community, just step down and do teshuva.


 Sep 03, 2008 at 11:44 AM Anonymous Says:

Shelly is a nice Jew, but a corrupt politician. We should shake up Albany, one and for all.


 Sep 04, 2008 at 12:40 PM MTJ Says:

Shelly, your time is up! Please leave graciously!


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