NY Assembly seeks uncertain expulsion of Vito Lopez
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By MICHAEL GORMLEY and MICHAEL VIRTANEN Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's Assembly next week
will begin a rare and uncertain effort to expel 1 of its veteran
Democrats, who is accused of groping and intimidating young female
The political motivation to expel Brooklyn
Assemblyman Vito Lopez is clear. He was accused by former staffers of
groping them, forcing them to flirt with him and trying to pressure them
into staying with him in his hotel rooms. They say he threatened their
careers if they didn't succumb to his advances.
He has not been charged with a crime.
Former Democratic Assemblyman Jack McEneny says
politically everyone wants to throw Vito out, but he asks if there's a
The half-dozen instances of expulsion in the New
York Legislature include the Assembly's refusal to accept socialists
after World War I.
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