Gibson ‘Digusted’ By Silver Scandal, Touts Term Limits, Dings Cuomo
Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, who recently announced he won’t seek re-election to Congress in 2016 to focus on a possible run for statewide office, weighed in on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s corruption scandal, using it as yet another opportunity to advocate for term limits for officials at both the state and federal level.
Gibson, speaking to our TWC News D.C. Bureau, said he was “digusted” but not surprised by Silver’s arrest last week. He called Albany a “cesspool of corruption” in desperate need of reform, and said Silver should be “fired” ASAP.
“Since I’ve returned from the Army in 2010, it seems like every several months there’s just another case of a legislator being indicted, sexual harassment, abuse of power, corruption,” the congressman said. “…We need serious reform. We need term limits.”
“You see with the case with Sliver; here’s somebody who accumulated all this power over time such that when these revelations first came to light, the Democratic conference in the Assembly strongly supported him. Same comments coming from the mayor of New York City and also the governor. And this is really because one individual has been able to amass too much power.”
The congressman also took a swipe at Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying the Democrat who was just elected to his second four-year term ran in 2010 on a reform platform, promising to clean up the state Capitol, and failed to deliver.
“The governor said he was going to clean this up; that was one of the things he ran on in 2010,” Gibson said. “By any reasonable standard, he has failed. Prematurely shutting down the Moreland Commission, the US Attorney is looking into that…That was the point of the commission is that there was a series of abuses over a period of time that there was a need for very a thorough investigation and action that comes out of that investigation. And then to prematurely shut it down, well we’re going to get to the bottom of that too.”
Gibson also made the case for campaign finance reform – including a cap on spending, which likely wouldn’t pass constitutional muster – noting that while he withstood a challenge last fall from a very wealthy opponent who spent millions of his own money (Democrat Sean Eldridge), most “hard-working Americans” are increasingly being priced out of running for office.
In addition, Gibson said, lawmakers who found guilty wrongdoing should not be entitled to their public pensions. “Why should the taxpayer continue to pay benefits to somebody who’s been convicted,” he asked.
The Republican congressman, who likes to portray himself as a moderate and a pragmatist, was first elected in 2010, defeating Democratic incumbent Scott Murphy with 55 percent of the vote.
He was re-elected in 2012 and 2014. Gibson initially said he would self-impose term limits on his congressional career and serve no more than four terms, but he has decided to cut that tenure short, leaving the door open for a potential statewide run – a bid for the governor’s office is widely speculated – in 2018.
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