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New strategy: Politicians in crisis refuse calls to resign

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By WILL WEISSERT and LISA MASCARO

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No politician wants to give up the gravy and go out into the real world and actually earn a living. Parasites.

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The authors of this piece seem unfamiliar with the way things have always worked in some of the third world countries. They should qualify this article with the note that they are Americans and are writing from an American perspective. Because we have 'third worlders' have always seen such politicians. Trump is a saint in comparison.

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Not that I have an ounce of sympathy or respect for Representative Gaetz, but let's see the evidence against him first. There is another dynamic at play the article does not mention. For may, the mere accusation of a man doing something sexually inappropriate absent anything more than heresay evidence becomes grounds for firing the person, cancelling their show, removal from office, boycotting their business or whathaveyou. My suspicion on the Gaetz matter is the evidence is there and probably damning but I can fully understand him saying "oh yeah, prove it". The US criminal justice system is after all founded on the ideas of innocence until proven guilty, the burden of proof in on the accuser and it requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt, which in most states means a unanimous jury verdict, to convict someone of a criminal offense. Defendants have the right to know who their accuser is and cross examine them. Accusers cannot hide behine anonymity even in cases of sexual assault.

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When Beavis (or is it Butthead) gets thrown in prison, surely he'll have to resign?

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Yeah that law and order party... taken over by criminals

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Lie, deny, plead for money from the suckers, and repeat. It is a money making operation that would not work without facilitation from Fox News.

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I think Rep Matt Gaetz of Florida may be going down. Another man who was involved in the alleged activities with him has flipped and seems to be a government witness. It is a hard fall from congressman to federal prison.

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It is a hard fall from congressman to federal prison.

Eh, lots of members of both houses of Congress from both parties as well as members of the Executive and Judicial branches have done hard time in Federal prisons since the US was founded. Ten members of Congress from both parties went to jail during the Obama administration and two more went to jail during the Trump administration. A member of Congress might be more likely to do time after leaving office than doing a gig at Fox News.

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Yeap, Gaetz's friend is gonna sing like a bird.

QAnon we're right all along. But instead of the pizza place, they should have looked closer home.

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Desert TortoiseApr. 11 11:48 am JST

Not that I have an ounce of sympathy or respect for Representative Gaetz, but let's see the evidence against him first. There is another dynamic at play the article does not mention. For may, the mere accusation of a man doing something sexually inappropriate absent anything more than heresay evidence becomes grounds for firing the person, cancelling their show, removal from office, boycotting their business or whathaveyou. My suspicion on the Gaetz matter is the evidence is there and probably damning but I can fully understand him saying "oh yeah, prove it". The US criminal justice system is after all founded on the ideas of innocence until proven guilty, the burden of proof in on the accuser and it requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt, which in most states means a unanimous jury verdict, to convict someone of a criminal offense. Defendants have the right to know who their accuser is and cross examine them. Accusers cannot hide behine anonymity even in cases of sexual assault.

This is one of the few times I would agree with you.  Yet a difference is that with Gaetz, it was only accusations of sexually inappropriate conduct, which is bad in itself, as compared to Gov. Cuomo.  Cuomo has similar accusations against him and also sent thousands of covid positive people to nursing homes which resulted in the death of thousands of elderly.  He subsequently received an Emmy Award for his news conferences about COVID, while the elderly perished.  Then, his office tried to cover up the nursing home scandal, and even admitted to it. Then, he had his family and other contacts jump the line for a covid vaccination, due to his influence. The average Joe could not get this. The sexual allegations against Cuomo have yet to be verified, and he deserves the presumption of innocence on this one, but the other examples I just mentioned have been proven. These alone should be enough for him to resign. But as true as you are reading this, it will be true that he won’t resign.

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