This week federal prosecutors announced that Queens Assemblymember Anthony Seminerio had been charged with fraud. A Democrat and 30-year veteran in the Assembly, Seminerio is a staunch defender of “family values” and the lead sponsor of the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act.”
He has been charged with setting up a consulting company that received more than $500,000 in payoffs since 2000 for duties that are part of his job as an Assemblymember. In FBI transcripts made public this week Seminerio is caught saying, “I was doing favors for these sons-of-bitches there, you know, they were—they were making thousands. ‘Screw you, from now on, you know, I’m a consultant.’”
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said, “Anthony Seminerio put his office up for sale for those willing to pay the right price.” Seminerio could face up to twenty years in prison.
It never ceases to amaze us how anti-gay politicians who have no hesitancy about legislating “values” end up being the ones who are most bankrupt in that department.