In one of the more chilling exchanges of the race for the 33rd, Steve Levin said that he was fine with being identified as Vito Lopez’s guy in the ring. When Levin was identified in an interview as “Vito’s Guy” and “the machine candidate”, he said flat out that “I think that’s fine.”
Now lets break that down and think about it. Levin is openly and willingly embracing the fact that he is the machine candidate. There is not the slightest pretense of his being a progressive or a reformer. Not his interest. This fits into an overall pattern of opportunism that has come to define his candidacy. He moved several blocks into the district sometime after November 2007 so he could announce his intention to run by February 2008. Some people think that his move is not a big deal. But we think that it displays a calculated decision, made in conjunction with his boss who also has issues about living in the district he represents. For those who think that it is okay for Levin to move and immediately announce that he wants to represent us, why doesn’t he stay where he was living and run against Diana Reyna — where Vito is running another machine candidate. It is happening because Vito wants to expand his power into Brownstone Brooklyn — plain and simple.
And that gets us back to Levin saying “I think that’s fine.” What else is going to be fine? No pay jobs for relatives? Keeping quality judges off the bench because of petty personal squabbles? Watering down legislation to protect pedophile priests? Cutting the community out of any say on what happens with Broadway Triangle? Allowing $45 million sweetheart deals to Vito? Read more.
Levin has also said that “working in [Lopez’s] office was very instructive about how to use the levers of government.” That is what worries us. That what you learned will just keep the status quo of a rank smell in Brooklyn.