Politicians believe they can get away with anything. After all they dupe voters every election cycle. This is true up to a point. They break the law until caught. And even
Vito J. Lopez
then politicians will insist they are innocent. NY State has a long history of corruption. In addition the State legislature here is well known for being dysfunctional. But what we are seeing now is institutionalized corruption. They exist only to serve their corporate masters. After that they behave like Roman emperors. Nothing is too depraved for them. The only question is whether Illinois is more debauched or is it New York. Who cares? We just let it happen and shake our heads:
Five women who worked for Vito J. Lopez, the assemblyman at the center of a growing sexual harassment scandal, described in interviews an atmosphere of sexual pressure and crude language in his office, with frequent unwanted advances by him and others, requests for provocative dress, personal questions about their boyfriends and fears of reprisals if they complained.
By their accounts, Mr. Lopez, a Brooklyn Democrat, told some women not to wear bras to work. He requested they wear short skirts and high heels. He gave them cash to buy jewelry and complimented them on their figures, giving special attention to those he called “well endowed.”
He asked about their personal lives, urging them to break up with boyfriends, and berated those women — all of whom were new to politics — who did not compliment him effusively enough, according to several of the women interviewed.