Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was unmoved by the increasing calls from Republicans that he step down as speaker amid the Vito Lopez scandal.
“I think it’s political rhetoric. That’s all it is. It’s not worthy of a response,” Silver told reporters this morning.
State GOP chairman Ed Cox yesterday called on Silver to leave his leadership post after Silver reached a secret $103,000 settlement with Lopez’s accusers. Other Republicans, including Rep. Bob Turner and Westchester Senate candidate Bob Cohen, has offered similar calls.
Cox today kept up the Silver bashing, and Senate candidate Wendy Long knocked Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for backing Silver, who has served as speaker since 1994.
Silver is also leading the New York delegation at the convention.
“Silver has established a clear pattern of covering up sexual crimes committed against female staff members by his political colleagues,” Cox said in a statement. “He must not be allowed to remain speaker.”