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Monday, November 28, 2005

Intelligent Life?

NY Mag Asks: Is this Naked Vote-Buying?

Geoffrey Gray asks the question - about the practice where Speaker candidates dole out oodles of ducket$ to their colleagues - in this week's New York Magazine.

And here's how one oft-quoted consultant and one Speaker candidate answered:

“The whole idea here is to make as many friends as possible,” says political consultant Hank Sheinkopf. “You give to your friends in June when they need it and hope they remember you in January when you need it.”

“It’s not quid pro quo,” says [David] Weprin. “No councilman would want to sell their speaker vote to the highest bidder. If they did, it’s not a vote you would want anyway.”

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