Politicians have done some despicable things over time.
But this action has to be right up there on one of the worst moves of all time on the despicable meter.
From Daily Wire:
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has granted conditional pardons to dozens of convicted sex offenders “deemed too dangerous to be returned to the community” so they can vote, says a report from left-leaning outlet the New York Daily News.
Under a new policy which grants conditional pardons to some 24,000 parolees, at least 77 have been confirmed as convicted sexual predators, including rapists, pedophiles, and a man known as the “voodoo rapist.”
Hector Aviles, 61, AKA the voodoo rapist, “was convicted of second-degree rape in Westchester County in 2008 after telling three of his victims — the oldest of whom was 16 — that if they participated in a sexual ‘ritual’ with him, he could help them with their problems. If they didn’t, he said, bad things would happen to them and their families,” says the report.
The sex offenders had been “sent to civil confinement in state psychiatric hospitals after their prison time was up.”
Republicans were outraged at Cuomo for giving these sex offenders pardons just for more votes.
“This is hands-down the most egregious public policy misstep Andrew Cuomo has made in his eight years as governor, and it shows that he will do virtually anything for a few extra votes,” slammed Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan of Suffolk County.
“This policy rewards the worst of the worst sexual predators and lowlifes in our society and undermines the integrity of our voting system in every way, shape and form,” he added.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Jim Maxwell, Republican candidate for New York’s 25th Congressional District, blasted Cuomo on social media. “This story is sickening,” he wrote. “Governor Cuomo pardoned at least 77 sexual predators just so they could go out and vote for him. A good chunk of the newly-pardoned predators were deemed unfit to return to society, so they’ve been kept in psychiatric hospitals since their release so they can’t go out and hurt anyone else.”
Maxwell said it was unbelievable that Cuomo would “unleash sexual predators” just to get votes, saying that they would stop “at nothing to maintain their grip on power.”
Among the people who had been up for one of the pardons when the program was first announced was cop killer, Herman Bell, according to the Daily Wire. He has since been paroled. Here’s an account of what he did and the fact that he was let out is disgraceful.
Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi tried to justify the action, blaming the critics for “fearmongering” about the restoration of voting rights.
“‘The order was straightforward and put New York on par with Washington, D.C., and 18 other states — including such liberal bastions as Utah’ that either never take away voting rights from convicts or restore them upon their release from prison,” he added, according to the New York Daily News.