It wouldn’t be a day at The Frisky if I didn’t get to write about a sleazy politician! Today’s subject: New York Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, a Democrat from Brooklyn.
According to The New York Daily News, the 71-year-old complained to a fellow staff members about statutory rape laws in New York, because he thought his 14-year-old intern was “sexy.” The intern in question had only been working there six days and is the daughter of a Brooklyn judge he helped elect. There is currently a police probe into whether any criminal actions were committed.
Alas, this is not the first accusation of sexual harassment against Vito Lopez. (Sadly, it usually isn’t.)
Lopez previously told former employee Chloe Rivera, age 24, he wished she would “dress sexier” and suggested she dress more like that 14-year-old intern. Upon hearing thi,s Rivera’s mother promptly notified the police and filed an ethics complaint with the New York Assembly. (Rivera, along with another female staff member, resigned and filed a sexual harassment complaint against him to the Assembly Ethics Committee.) But wait! There’s more! Two other women who worked for Lopez in the past filed sexual harassment complaints against him and quietly received a taxpayer settlement of $103,000 in June 2012.
Lopez has been stripped of all leadership positions, including his position as Brooklyn Democratic party boss. The New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women has asked him to resign, calling him “unsuitable for public office,” and I’m inclined to agree. This disgusting man and his fantasies about 14-year-old interns have got to go!
Email me at Sarah.Gray@TheFrisky.com.