Shmarya Rosenberg reported in Failed Messiah that Republican NYC Mayoral Candidate, Joe Lhota visited a notorious site of sex abuse, Shomer Shabbos Synagogue, on the advice of his handler, Michael Fragin. One of its most notorious denizens is Jerry (Yechiel) Brauner who got a sweetheart deal, courtesy of Brooklyn DA Charles Joe Hynes. I have written about them in the past with my post, The Shul for Scandal: Where the Molesters Prey.
It amazes me that politicians of all stripes are so insensitive that they give respectability to such places. But then they figure if molesting kids is OK for Borough Park, why should they worry about it. This has to change.
Update 9/17/13 8 pm: A colleague points out that it may be unfair to Lhota to blame him for not knowing the reputation of the place. In all liklihood, Lhota did not know. But at some point politicians have to start demanding of their orthodox liaisons that they steer them clear of those culpable in the worst way. Frankly, it must be said that this is a problem of politicians in NYC across a broad spectrum because frankly it is hard to deal with the ultra orthodox establishment without dealing with people who are culpable in ignoring or covering up sex abuse. Shomer Shabbos is a particularly bad place. I was informed of another alleged groping by Brauner in public just in the last week. So at least they can avoid the worst of the worst. But I will concede that it is a tough job for a politician to deal with the ultra orthodox leadership and avoid this kind of scandal.