10:35 am Apr. 19, 2012
Last year, Assemblyman William Boyland was indicted on counts of bribery twice in two months. He got acquitted once. The second indictment has yet to be resolved.
Naturally, a lot of people see him as vulnerable in the upcoming election.
There's already a handful of other candidates looking at the race, including Tony Herbert, who has run aggressively for office in the area before, and Jones Nathan Bradley, a deputy chief of staff to Senate Democratic John Sampson who could have the inside track on institutional support.
The fact that more than one local Democratic Senate aide is running for this Assembly seat isn't a surprise; the winner will have something tantamount to lifetime job security, barring things like, well, unexpected indictments. Boyland's seat is a prize, and not the sort that becames available all that often.
Boyland would appear to be in a bad position, legally if not politically: Federal prosecutors in the second case said they had audio records of him soliciting money and saying that he doesn't like using phones for fear investigators were listening in.
But Boyland, who comes from a once-prominent local political family, has his loyalists, and there's always the possibility that having multiple opponents could allow him to get enough votes to get by.
As reporter Laura Nahmias put it, "if Boyland is acquitted, he may very well be reelected."