May 15, 2013
Statement from NYGOP Chair Ed Cox on Vito Lopez and Sheldon Silver
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
ALBANY, NY…NYGOP Chair Ed Cox released the following statement today:
“Whether or not there were legal wrongdoings on the part of Assemblyman Lopez or Speaker Silver is irrelevant. Vito Lopez’s actions were morally and ethically reprehensible and totally unforgivable.
“Sexual abuse is not a partisan issue. Every member of the New York State Assembly, especially its Speaker, should be held to the highest moral and ethical standards. Once again, Speaker Silver has lowered the bar; in this case, he even violated his own Assembly regulations.
“By silencing earlier victims of sexual abuse, both at the hands of Michael Boxley and Vito Lopez, Speaker Silver is directly responsible for their subsequent victims.
“We repeat our call for Vito Lopez to resign from the State Assembly and for Sheldon Silver to resign the Speakership.”