Mayor Bloomberg said today that his pal, Steve Ratner, the federal car czar, should be allowed to retain his position despite the fact that his firm, the Quadrangle group, is involved in a probe by Andrew Cuomo. It seems that the firm was paying fees to get city pension funds to invest with them and didn't disclose this behavior. It seems also that this firm handles Bloomberg's billions. Cozy, but not necessarily illegal. It's good to be rich.
Apparently, Bloomberg feels that Ratner shouldn't be removed from his federal job because he says that "....this guy, he is scrupulously honest and a great public servant." There are a lot of scrupulouly honest teachers sitting in rubber rooms these days. The mayor made no mention of them.
Because the mayor deems Ratner so honest, "...there would be no reason to deprive the country of a very smart guy who is willing to devote himself to public service."
Hear that, all you smart teachers who have devoted your lives to public service? Bloomberg is now changing the standard for removal from one's position. Only not for you.
If things were fair, both Rather and Bloomy would be rotting in the Rubber Room for Billionaires pending the outcome of this investigation.