Fabulous! One of eight anti-gay New York Senate Democrats who voted against marriage equality has been outed in a federal corruption probe. NYS Sen. Carl Kruger surrendered to federal authorities on corruption charges on Thursday. Video and audio surveillance show Kruger accepted more than $1 million in bribes which his live-in boyfriend helped launder, reports the New York Post.
Kruger and his secret longtime companion, Manhattan gynecologist Michael Turano, were among eight men arrested in a sweeping government "pay-to-play" corruption scandal. The charges include allegations that Kruger, Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland and previously convicted Queens Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio—who died in prison in January—received bribes and other largesse to help two competing health-care companies buy hospitals, and direct state funds to those firms.
Kruger's constant companion, Turano, is accused of using bribe money he deposited in two shell companies for Kruger to pay the lease on a Bentley luxury sedan, credit-card bills and the mortgage on the garish, multimillion-dollar Mill Basin home where the two men for years have shacked up with Turano's mom and brother, authorities and neighbors said.
"[Kruger] spent his free time with the Turanos, shared holidays with them, went shopping for them, and managed the affairs of their residence. Kruger was closest with Michael Turano. The two men were in nearly daily contact, Kruger picked Turano up from work, and people even called Kruger's cellphone in order to reach Turano," [US Attorney Preet Bharara] noted. A source close to the investigation told The Post that Kruger—who voted against a state gay-marriage bill last year—was particularly "intimate" with Michael Turano.
Kruger has long been rumored to be a closet case. In December 2009, gay activists picketed Kruger's home after the marriage vote, claiming "he only voted against same-sex marriage to shield his own homosexuality," adds JoeMyGod.
Glass houses, stones, etc..