Albany, NY...March 11, 2011-New York State Republican Chairman EdCox released the following statement today in reaction to the sweepingFederal investigation accusing Democrat State Senator Carl Kruger andDemocrat Assemblyman William Boyland of a complex $1million briberyand money laundering scheme: "It seems that next to producing higher taxes, Democrats in Albany arebest at producing shocking headlines that damage the reputation of our government and our state. After several years of one sensationalDemocrat scandal after another, one can only wonder how deep the rabbithole goes here. As a senior member of the Democrat leadership in theState Senate, Senator Kruger had an enormous influence over legislationand policy. This kind of pay to play is the worst kind of behavior for a publicofficial.It is clear from the information released by the US Attorney's Office, thatan extensive investigation has been undertaken into Sen. Kruger andAssemblyman Boyland's actions. Such charges make it impossible for either to execute their responsibilities effectively and continue in a positionof public trust. After violating the public's confidence, both Democratofficials should resign immediately.The Senate Democrat Conference, which until recently also included closeKruger associate Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, has been a sadcommentary highlighting dysfunction and corruption. We now add yetanother name to the list of others including Espada, Sampson and Smithwhose ethics and values are at best out of step with New Yorkers starvingfor leadership and at worst downright criminal. Additionally, it is an outrage that Senate Democratic Campaign CommitteeChairman Senator Michael Gianaris is refusing to return almost half amillion dollars in dirty campaign contributions from Senator Kruger to thecommittee. Gianaris' response that it's too late because the money wasspent, rings hollow with every New Yorker who is repulsed by Kruger'sallegedly illegal fund raising tactics.