Schneiderman's resignation swift and telling

Published on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:06
Written by The (Middleton) Times-Herald Record

The accusations of assault and swift resignation of New York’s attorney general would have been unimaginable a few years ago.

Other men have abused their power and hidden that from public view.

Others have been outspoken and effective in championing a movement then turned out to be the kind of person that movement seeks to remove.

No, such blatant hypocrisy is not the element that raises eyebrows when it comes to the behavior and departure of Eric Schneiderman.

What is truly surprising is that a man who has been so visible and outspoken, so public and combative in legal and political matters, would have been able to get away with this for so long.

And with that recognition comes another, more intriguing one, either promising or troubling depending on your point of view.

If Schneiderman, a man with a national reputation for fighting the Trump administration and widely considered to be the most likely Democrat to one day succeed Andrew Cuomo, could escape scrutiny that long, there must be others watching with nervous anticipation.

Are any of them Republicans? Should they have to worry?

Schneiderman’s immediate resignation belies his objection that there was no proof of the allegations, that while they had nothing to do with his job, defending himself and his office would “effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time.”

Donald Trump Jr. posted a series of tweets as the news unfolded Monday, one of them to show that his father suspected Schneiderman of illicit behavior all along.

In what we acknowledge is a partisan landscape, one in which people defend their friends and attack their enemies no matter what the facts show, that reaction to Schneiderman is revealing.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Column on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:06. Updated: Wednesday, 9 May 2018 20:08.