Elected officials are usually never shy around a camera or microphone. There are good reasons why yesterday's loyal friends of former Speaker Sheldon Silver overnight morphed into long-lost acquaintances.
You will be hard-pressed to find any who will serve as character witnesses on behalf of Silver during his upcoming trial. Instead, they will now genuflect to new Speaker Carl Heastie for "party favors." It is now Heastie rather than Silver who will determine their fair share of the ill-gotten gains.
Loyal Assembly members followed the advice of their respective Democratic Party county chairperson and voted for the candidate they sponsored, who ended up being Carl Heastie.
In return, everyone will continue to share in the spoils of victory. Speakers come and go, but it will be business as usual in Albany with taxpayers picking up the tab.