Albany, NY (WBEN) Last week, Assemblyman Mickey Kearns called for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to step down following his handling of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment case. Now, he has company.
Inez Barron has joined Kearns in the call for Silver to resign. "I think it was very courageous on her part," says Kearns. "To have an African American woman step up to the plate and say it's just not right, we're not going to have harassment means a lot."
Barron is a Brooklyn Democrat on the Assembly. "Now we have someone who's joining me in leadership to say what goes on in Albany is not going to be tolerated anymore," says Kearns. "For me, it's a vindication from people who said no one will join you. I now have a partner."
Will anyone join? Not yet, says Kearns, but believes his colleagues are getting the message. "They're getting feedback from constituents urging them to do the right thing. They're not happy with the leadership," notes Kearns.