A report released yesterday by a government watchdog group says that politicians in New York are more likely to leave office because of ethical or criminal misconduct than by losing an election. In fact, in the last six years, the number of government officials who left office due to scandal tripled over the previous six years.
The most common reasons for politicians in NY leaving office are retirement or taking a job in the private sector, but even so, as the research manager for the report put it “One would think in a democracy, electoral defeat would be the major reason for a change in representation in the legislature.”
In response, the NY legislature is considering ethics legislation. Doh!