State Democrats today announced a new “truth squad” to contest any and all Republican fibs, and tapped new party executive director Charlie King as lead attack dog.
King, who lost bids for statewide office (lieutenant governor 2002; attorney general 2006) and later worked for Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, got right to work.
“I look forward to creating some mayhem,” King told a huddle of reporters atop the City Hall steps. Yes!
He quickly fired off equal opportunity zingers at Republican candidates Rick Lazio (“He got a $1.3 million bonus from Wall Street while Main Street was suffering”), and Suffolk County executive Steve Levy, (“The worst pay-to-play type of styles this state has ever seen”).
Democratic party chairman Jay Jacobs jumped on that last one, pivoting off today’s Newsday report that Levy recommended a convicted attorney pal and former housemate for county title work that earned him $85,000. Jacobs ridiculed Levy for claiming to be a reformer. “Steve Levy’s lyrics don’t match the music,” said Jacobs.
Levy told Newsday that he wanted to give “a second chance in life” to Ethan Ellner, a law-school chum who rented space in Levy’s Holbrook residence for several years while both men were separated from their wives (Levy later reconciled with his).
No good deed goes unpunished,” Levy said. No kidding. In December, Ellner admitted to participating in Suffolk County’s largest mortgage fraud scheme, a scam that was allegedly launched in a SoHo S&M parlor.