NY State Senator Accused of Trying to Bribe His Way into Mayor's Race

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Michael Bloomberg's three terms as Mayor of New York have been free of major corruption, but a new federal bribery case suggests that machine politics may be alive and well. Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith probably had no chance of becoming mayor -- especially as a Republican. But that's the scenario he tried to act out, admitting it would cost him "a pretty penny." Unfortunately for Smith, his admission was recorded by the FBI, as we hear from Anna Sale, politics reporter for public radio station WNYC.

Credits

Guest:
Anna Sale - WNYC - @annasale

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Kerry Cavanaugh, Sonya Geis