Memo Allegedly Details Espada & Co.'s Power, Payoff Demands
The document, which is helpfully embedded in the article, "spells out an ironclad guarantee that legislation to legalize same-sex marriage would not come to a vote in the Senate under Mr. Smith," says the Times. The doc also stipulates that Pedro Espada, as majority leader, would peel off some powers from the president pro tempore (Smith) and "have the same authority as is currently held by the majority leader" and "have sufficient staff and resources" -- ka-ching! -- "to carry out his duties."
Carl Kruger's powers as finance committee chair are also detailed, and he would be funded at $5.9 million (ka-ching!). And Smith was supposed to give $700,000 "payroll budget" to Espada and Kruger (ka-ching!).
This sounds other-than-legal to us. What would the Gang have done if they'd all signed and Smith later reneged? Take him to court for not following through on their payoffs?