2:52 pm Aug. 28, 2012
Vito Lopez's announced resignation as Brooklyn Democratic chair after being censured for alleged acts of sexual harassment isn't enough for the Working Families Party, which aims to push Democrats in a more progressive direction.
In a statement, the W.F.P.'s executive director Dan Cantor said, "Good, effective government has no place for behavior like Lopez's. It's time for him to resign from the Assembly, for the good of our state."
One W.F.P.-backed councilman, Brad Lander of Park Slope, told me earlier he also was in favor of Lopez resigning from office. And Assemblyman Jim Brennan, a liberal Democrat from Ditmas Park, told a reporter on Friday he wants Lopez to resign.
Here's the statement from the WFP's Dan Cantor:
"We join the chorus of New Yorkers calling for Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign. His peers have found the very serious allegations against him to be credible. Assemblyman Lopez has forfeited his right and ability to lead and to represent his constituents.
"It's no secret that we've had our political differences with Assemblyman Lopez in the past. But this is not about politics. It's about decency and respect. Good, effective government has no place for behavior like Lopez's. It's time for him to resign from the Assembly, for the good of our state."