State Democrats are firing back at state GOP chairman Ed Cox and questioning what he knew about the bribery scandal involving Democratic Sen. Malcolm Smith’s bid to win the Republican nomination for New York City mayor.
Cox earlier today called for the two GOP leaders in the scandal, Vincent Tabone and Joseph Savino, to resign.
But Democrats questioned whether Cox was aware of Smith’s alleged attempt to bribe party officials to win the GOP nod.
“We know GOP Chairman Ed Cox met with Senator Smith about his plot to run for Mayor as a Republican – a plot which included bribing Republican Party leaders,” the Democrat Committee said in a statement. “We know Queens Republicans complained to GOP Chairman Cox about ethical issues and bad behavior involving local GOP leaders Phil Ragusa and Vincent Tabone, and he did nothing.”
The party said Cox, Richard Nixon’s son-in-law, should explain what, if anything, he knew about the case. Of course, the Democrats make no mention of Smith and his former role as head of the Democratic-led Senate.
“GOP Chairman Cox must come clean about his own involvement and knowledge of the bribery and corruption that gripped his party. If he did know about it and looked the other way, he should resign immediately and cooperate with federal prosecutors,” the party said.
“Just like in the Nixon days, the key question is: what did Ed Cox know and when did he know it?”