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  •  i also seem to recall (1+ / 0-)
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    poco

    a really good article about this in, maybe, new york magazine which examined the cultural issues at play--  liu represents a huge pride for many asians in nyc as the immigrant son who has made good and been the first citywide elected asian official.  the culture of giving cash as gifts, prevalent especially in chinese culture, was highlighted to frame the corruption scandal in a rather different light--  one that backs up the FBI's finding that he knew nothing about the money at issue

    •  That was Liu's error. (1+ / 0-)
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      poco

      Naturally the Asian community would want to support one of their own. Italian businesses raised money for De Blasio and Giuliani. Koch made no secret of the money he raised from the Zionists. Dinkins raised money from black folks across America and in the Caribbean. This is not a big deal.

      But Liu didnt bring in professionals to handle the due diligence. When it comes to stuff like that, you dont appoint your friends. It was a bad judgment call and hes suffering for it politically.

      But this anti-progressive and despicable criminal stuff is nonsense. And not just a little bit suspect as to its origin.

      •  i agree (1+ / 0-)
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        poco

        and you're right that there's no good excuse for not having good oversight of your own campaign.  even so---  i know a lot of people feel like he got a rough deal when he was denied matching funding for the mayoral campaign.  i imagine that probably embarrassed and pissed off a lot his asian base.  hopefully they will turn out to return him to his former glory against the no-count traitor avella

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