What had been a drip, drip, drip of de Blasio scandal over the weekend became a torrent — exposing not just arrogance, recklessness and dishonesty, but profound corruption.
Friday brought news of the state Board of Elections criminal referral over Team de Blasio’s end-running of state campaign law in its failed 2014 bid to win control of the state Senate for allied Democrats.
It seems City Hall ordered donations to upstate party committees in order for the cash to be handed on to its favored candidates — and some checks even had “donation per Mayor” in the memo line.
On Sunday, The Post’s Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein caught Mayor de Blasio himself in a lie. When news of the rancid Rivington nursing-home real-estate flip broke in March, the mayor claimed he’d learned of it from the press. But The Post has evidence that Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen’s chief of staff, James Patchett, in fact desperately tried to undo the deal in late February.
Patchett told the developer the reversal was “what the Mayor’s Office wants” and called the situation “important to us.” He plainly knew the flip would be trouble for de Blasio — the city charged $16.1 million to lift deed restrictions that would up letting the developer make a $72 million profit, while robbing the neighborhood of a nursing facility.
How could word of the coming public-relations nightmare not make it back to de Blasio? Unless his minions are simply afraid to bring him bad news, the mayor lied about when he learned of the mess.
Remember that when he finally comments on the campaign-finance case.