Statement by Chairman Lawrence Garvey
It is another sad day for the people of New York State.
As a partisan Republican, I would like to believe that members of my own party are somehow less susceptible to the type of behavior set forth in the indictment against Senator Skelos and his son. However, the reality is that political corruption knows no party and it needs to be stopped, no matter the affiliation of the perpetrators.
Senator Skelos must step aside immediately so that he can prepare to address these very serious charges. The Republican Party simply can not have one of its leaders under federal indictment. Leadership is a privilege and a responsibility and Dean Skelos is no longer entitled to the privilege and cannot fulfill the responsibility.