Roy's Real Choice

Senator Goodman Exercises His Right to Choose All-Male Clubs

When the Daily Newsquestioned Goodman about some of his country club expenditures in 1999—in an article that derided the personal use several legislators were making of their campaign committees—he insisted that he uses the club only to wine and dine potential donors. He also said the committees do not pay for golf or tennis privileges, insisting that they do not "finance any private pleasure." While he declined to talk to the Voice, the senator's filings have specifically cited "dues" as the purpose for some of his country club disbursements, which would entitle him to family use of the premises.

The exploitation of his campaign committees to cover these at least partially personal expenses—the Century Club in Manhattan, for example, explicitly bars members from conducting business there—is part of a pattern of penny-pinching abuse by the wealthy senator. Internal staff memos reveal that Goodman's senate secretaries make the arrangements for the Christmas festivities, and that they are charged with opening and closing his Purchase house each season.

Senate staffers handle a 12-item Purchase checklist ranging from a call to a plumber to turn on the outside water for the pool to contacts with a field-cutter, window-washer, gardener, and tennis-court caretaker. Staff have even been charged with processing a passport application for Goodman's grandson, as well as facilitating the arrangements for a Wyoming wedding party for his son.

Moving from one of his campaign-reimbursed private clubs to the other in Caddies provided by the senate and the party, Goodman is the embodiment of the publicly subsidized conservative who prattles on about ending the government dependency of the poor.


Research: Rob Morlino

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