The Rev. Al Sharpton, our next attorney general?


As hard as it may be to believe, that’s what State Senator Eric Schneiderman, the Democrat running for state attorney general, would have you believe. Schneiderman vowed that if he’s elected in November, the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and the House of Justice, its Harlem headquarters, “will have an annex in Albany for the first time in state history.”

God help us.

Politicians have been known to do a lot of pandering to get elected, but this is an all-time low.

It gets even worse. Schneiderman’s remarks came before the Democratic primary, after Sharpton had endorsed him over his Democratic opponents. Schneiderman called Sharpton’s endorsement the “Good Housekeeping seal of approval from the man from the House of Justice.” In fact, while standing with Sharpton on the steps of City Hall, Schneiderman was so enamored that he said he would follow in Sharpton’s footsteps in pursuing justice for New Yorkers.

In response, Schneiderman’s Republican challenger, Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, said it was “very telling of the type of administration State Senator Schneiderman would use.”

Donovan is right. To prostitute the office of attorney general for Sharpton’s support is shocking and appalling, and should automatically disqualify Schneiderman from this important office. To say that you would follow in Sharpton’s footsteps is frightening. How soon we forget the case of Tawana Brawley.

The National Action Network is the biggest nonprofit scam in this country. It collects millions of dollars in so-called donations from some of America’s largest corporations. Why would Anheuser-Busch, for example, donate hundreds of thousands annually to Sharpton’s NAN? Simple. Major corporations would rather play nice with the group than run the risk of facing NAN’s public attacks or rallies outside their corporate offices.

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