NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Following a series of arrests including State. Sen. Malcolm Smith Tuesday morning over an alleged plot to fix the upcoming New York City mayoral race, Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered his theory on the scheme.
Bloomberg said he believes the opportunity for the kind of corruption alleged against the political leaders arose because political parties are part and parcel of New York City’s elections.
“All of this comes out of the fact that we have partisan elections when cities aren’t partisan. And what happens is, only people that can go through whatever the majority party is, whether it’s Democrat here or Republican someplace else – they’re the only people that really can face the voters and have any meaningful chance,” Bloomberg told reporters including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.