We doubt the phrases “Boy Scout” convey Mayor de Blasio to thoughts for many New Yorkers, however First Girl Chirlane McCray invoked on Tuesday the time period to clarify how he would by no means, ever take into account doing something unlawful or unethical.
Properly, a Scout is obliged to be “loyal” and “useful” — and the mayor is that, at the least to those that ante up with massive bucks for his political pursuits.
Like onetime restaurateur Harenda Singh, who testified this week that, on high of bribing de Blasio for official favors, he additionally used unlawful “straw donors” to funnel money into his campaigns and people of his allies.
And, extra considerably, that he knowledgeable de Blasio what he was doing and was instructed in return: “Do no matter you bought to do, however I don’t wish to know.”
“Ridiculous,” says the mayor. “It’s not me.” But the very fact stays that Singh kicked in — whereupon de Blasio, his high aides and his commissioners moved heaven and earth to get Singh exactly what he wanted to assist his enterprise.
That’s the identical sample seen again and again and over underneath de Blasio: fat-cat donors getting particular remedy not obtainable to unusual New Yorkers.
And to be clear, many donors gave not simply to the mayor’s personal marketing campaign fund, however to his pet nonprofits and to different pols he was backing — all a part of his effort to realize state and even nationwide affect for himself.
Which certainly purchased him markers that he might but redeem to construct his personal post-Gracie Mansion profession, or to spice up McCray herself into some elected workplace.
As for each McCray and de Blasio’s persevering with competition that the mayor’s many accusers are mere “tabloid information”: Singh, in contrast to de Blasio, is talking underneath oath, with penalties for perjury.
Certainly, as he famous Monday, if he lies, his plea deal is ripped up, leaving him open to 30 years to life behind bars.
So given all of the obtainable proof, we’ll take any comparisons of the mayor to a Boy Scout with a big grain of salt — except there’s a advantage badge for promoting Metropolis Corridor.