Breaking news: The upcoming New York City elections have yet another scandal attached to them. Oh, wait, that’s not the breaking news — it’s that the new scandal doesn’t involve Carlos Danger or Client #9. Instead, the former madam-turned-comptroller candidate will have to face charges of drug dealing … in the middle of her campaign, apparently. The FBI arrested Kristin Davis yesterday, but announced the arrest today.
Slow fundraising season?
New York City comptroller candidate and former madam Kristin Davis has been arrested for allegedly selling hundreds of prescription pills. …
Davis is accused of selling drugs “to a known drug dealer on repeated occasions in exchange for cash,” according to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
Prosecutors allege she sold drugs on several occasions to an FBI cooperating witness between January and March.
The FBI announced the arrest on Twitter:
Just in: Kristin Davis, candidate for #NYC Comptroller, arrested by FBI agents for selling prescription drugs.
— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) August 6, 2013
Politicker has a few more details, and the indictment:
Ms. Davis allegedly sold hundreds of prescription pills containing amphetamine, alprazolam, zolpidem, and carisoprodol to an FBI witnessed.
“As alleged, Kristin Davis sold prescription pills not once, but rather four different times in four months to an FBI cooperating witness,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos piled on. “This type of criminal activity is illegal for citizens, and is especially unbecoming for a person seeking public office in the City of New York.”
Surely Mr. Venizelos is joking. He’s seen the ballot in New York City, hasn’t he?
In fairness to Davis, her website does say that she’s an “entrepreneur [and] businesswoman” with “financial management and business experience.” Maybe this was her idea of a small-business start-up? Most people who get into these lines of work acquire enough business savvy to avoid getting caught at their illegal activities. Of course, if that’s a disqualifier, then her former client-turned-opponent should get DQ’d off the ballot, too.
What will Davis do now? Will she withdraw, or will she instead go the full Carlos Danger and explain that this was in her past, and that voters should vote for her based on what she’s like at this current moment rather judge her on her actions? No one knows for sure, but I’ll bet New Yorkers are excited about the prospect of casting votes on a ballot that includes such fine, upstanding public servants. Say, what is the record low turnout in the Big Apple for a mayoral race, anyway?