10:13 am Sep. 6, 2012
In the days before the Democratic National Convention, the man leading the New York delegation there, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was facing a firestorm of criticism stemming from his handling of sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez.
Silver admitted it was wrong to use public money to settle the case and keep it hidden from the public and that he would "welcome" a formal investigation into his behavior.
The public criticism has continued. An interim college president at Iona published an op-ed in Newsday calling on Silver to relinquish his role at the convention. A Post columnist invoked Joe Paterno.
But if Silver is in trouble, the Democrats in Charlotte don't seem to be keeping their distance from him; quite the opposite.
When New York officially cast its votes for Obama as the Democratic Party's nominee, a number of notable Democrats elbowed their way toward Silver to be next to him at the crucial moment. They included Reps. Eliot Engel and Carolyn Maloney, Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, Assemblyman (and state party co-chair) Keith Wright, State Senators Ruth Hassell-Thompson and Jose Serrano and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.