IMAGE: New York Times
Disgraced and formerly closeted anti-gay New York State Sen. Carl Kruger—outed by FBI video and audio surveillance taking more than $1 million in bribes—returns to Abany and discovers that he is a pariah.
But the outed anti-gay politician was warmly greeted by Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., the rabidly homophobic Bronx Pentecostal minister who is the leading opponent of LGBT rights in the Empire State, reports the New York Times.
A fake-wood placard denoting Mr. Kruger’s post as the top Democrat on the Finance Committee — a post of which he was stripped last week — had been ripped down from its perch next to his office door. Only some sticky residue remained.
Mr. Kruger was originally expected to address his fellow Democratic senators on Monday, presumably to apologize to them for the distraction brought by his charges last week. But several lawmakers indicated they would not attend the Democrats’ meeting if Mr. Kruger was present, and so he relented.
On the Senate floor, he had to figure out where he was supposed to sit. The loss of his committee rank also lost him a prominent place. Mr. Kruger instead slouched in a seat in the back. Most colleagues stayed away, although State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr., a Democrat from the Bronx, gave him a huge, gripping hug. Later, noticing Mr. Kruger sitting by himself, he invited him across the chamber and they chatted. A few others came to shake Mr. Kruger’s hand. But Mr. Kruger mostly sat in silence.
The disgraced Brooklyn politician was one of eight shameful anti-gay New York Senate Democrats who voted against marriage equality when it was defeated 38-24 in December 2009. Video and audio surveillance show Kruger accepted more than $1 million in bribes which his live-in boyfriend helped launder, federal prosecutors say.
New York State Sen. Shirley Huntley became the second anti-gay Senate Democrat targeted this week by a corruption probe. Huntley and gay-basher Diaz Sr. were the only two Black senators to vote against the bill.
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