First, it was an allegedly anti-Semitic diatribe, and now Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diana Richardson is said to have thrown a tantrum during a Democratic caucus in Albany.
Richardson, who is said to have blamed Jews for gentrification at a community board meeting last week, reportedly blew her top at Speaker Carl Heastie over funding one of her pet projects, according to the New York Post.
As one veteran lawmaker told the paper, “She had a meltdown. She was really out of control. Everyone in the room was appalled at her behavior. She basically accused the speaker and his staff of lying to her. It was a personal attack. I’ve never seen anything like that in conference.”
Another eyewitness told the Post that Richardson was “nasty and disrespectful. It was kind of kooky. It was like a three-year-old having a tantrum. She certainly diminished herself in the eyes of her colleagues.”
The Post had earlier reported that Richardson had made anti-Semitic statements during a community board meeting in early April.
State Republican chairman Ed Cox told the Post he was calling for Richardson to resign. “Assemblywoman Richardson knew exactly what she was doing when she made her hateful, anti-Semitic comments, and someone with those views has no business serving in state government receiving a taxpayer-funded salary. Her offensive remarks were made worse by her insulting, conditional ‘apology.’ If Governor Cuomo, who loves to talk so much about ‘New York values,’ means what he says, he must also demand her resignation.”
If Richardson is not forced to resign by Democrats, it will only stoke accusations that the party is soft on anti-Semitism. The charge was repeated in January when DailyWire.com editor in chief Ben Shapiro, writing in Investor’s Business Daily, noted that “so many top-level Democrats have been able to get away with hobnobbing with (Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan) Just weeks ago, we found out that Farrakhan met with the members of the Congressional Black Caucus in 2005, including then-Sen. Barack Obama; 21 current members of Congress were at that meeting. None of them have denounced Farrakhan. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Illinois, asked about Farrakhan on Sunday, stated, “I don’t have no problems with Farrakhan. … I know the Jews and Farrakhan … The world is so much bigger than Farrakhan and the Jewish question and his position on that and so forth.”
Shapiro leveled the same accusations at the mainstream media, writing that its “attention to this odd spate of events has been relatively muted. Imagine, for a moment, that the House Freedom Caucus had met
By Howard M. Riell