Less than 2 years ago…
At the time he's accused of plundering millions from tax payers, he refused to pay Christmas bonuses and argued over paying a staffer's health insurance. And one day in 2004 - as McLaughlin explored running for mayor - he skipped out on an interview with a New York Times reporter, after hiding out in his office with Elizabeth Crowley.
She's his close political pal and a failed City Council candidate. "Brian wouldn't come out of his office - I was banging on the door," said a former staffer at the New York Central Labor Council, which McLaughlin headed.
Asked about the incident, McLaughlin's lawyer, Jonathan Bach, would not comment.
As the feds allege, McLaughlin hit up the
Around this austere time, McLaughlin found $8,000 a month to hire Carolyn Daly to get him good press. "I'm feeling a lot of sadness and confusion" by the indictment, Daly told me.
The whistle-blowing staffer believes McLaughlin never should have been al lowed by a state ethics panel to simultaneously run a union and serve as state assembly man. "In some twisted way, he thought it was OK."
I guess you can justify anything - even robbery.