ALBANY, N.Y. -- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver continues to face harsh criticism for how he handled the allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez.
The new Quinnipiac University Poll shows 51 percent of voters want Silver to step down. He apologized for how he handled the Lopez matter -- reaching a confidential settlement with two female staffers who'd come forward and not referring the matter to the assembly's ethics committee. Silver's poll numbers have been sliding in recent months, but this is the first time a majority have expressed discontent.
Assembly members had mixed opinions on the numbers, which continue to fall mostly along party lines.
"People love to beat someone who's down. I find that to be unfair in many aspects, regardless of what political party they're in. We're here to do the peoples work and that's what our focus should be," said Assemblyman John McDonald.
"We're not going to be taken serious if you just talk about protecting women and their best interests and then allow this abuse to take place," said Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.
Tedisco is one of several assembly Republicans who've signed a letter that was sent to the U.S. Attorney's office asking that Silver be investigated.