It is a scandal in which New York Governor Andrew Cuomo needs to act.
In New York election officials are partisan, with Democrats and Republicans paired. Two years ago a Republican in Duchess County, New York resigned admits allegations of wrongdoing for the integrity of the process. Now a Democrat, Frances Knapp, is facing much more serious allegations but seemingly has no intentions of leaving. As the Poughkeepsie Journal points out:
Knapp, long a Democratic Party loyalist, would be doing the right thing for the entire elections process by stepping aside and letting it proceed without her presence. As is, she is due back in court on Oct. 29, just a few days before the general election.
Her continued presence is bound to cause consternation and concerns and prove to be an unhealthy distraction not only to voters but to the candidates of her own party seeking election. What's more, it's inconceivable how Knapp would be able to carry out her public duties effectively, to interact with voters of all political stripes -- voters who have every right to expect their election officials to be beyond reproach.
If she does not step aside there is only one person who can do something about it, Governor Andrew Cuomo. At a minimum Cuomo could urge her to step aside. However, Cuomo is a national figure in the Democrat Party from one of the largest blue Democrat states. Can Governor Cuomo exercise his power and do the right thing or will he follow the lead of Attorney General Eric Holder and hide his head in the sand on vote fraud?
We think the below Poughkeepsie Journal editorial is much too lenient in its approach but it is the least the Governor can do:
Election commissioners are elected by the county committees of each major political party, and their appointments are confirmed by the county Legislature. They can be removed only by the governor, but that action isn't warranted in light of Knapp's right to a fair trial. But there is nothing stopping the governor from making it perfectly clear he believes Knapp should take a leave of absence for the good of the system until these matters are resolved.
Which is it Governor Cuomo? Does the integrity of New York elections matter more than the opinions of vote fraud deniers on the liberal left?