As you may have heard yesterday, City Councilman Dan "America's Top Heathen" Halloran is in a whole lot of trouble.
Along with state Senator Malcolm Smith, the two were involved in a rigging scheme that planned to posit Smith as a Democrat switching over to the Republican side to run for mayor of New York. We're talking bribery, envelopes filled with a whole ton of cash, real estate tycoons' funds, and your classic FBI mole. So mark it down as the archetypal tale of New York City corruption.
And, of course, it happened during an election year, which begs the question: who's the closest indirect candidate to this story? Well, Halloran was a fan of Joe Lhota and one of the linked schemers was an advisor to John Catsimatidis and even served as counsel for his company, Gristedes.
But, besides that, being the head of the council that Halloran called home for a few years home has provided more than enough flak for many of Christine Quinn's Democratic rivals.More »