At being dysfunctional!
No. 1: New York
Leadership Problems: 10
First, Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) acknowledged visiting high-end prostitutes and resigned. Then Spitzer's successor, David Paterson (D), acknowledged just days after being installed that he had used drugs and had extramarital affairs. And then, Paterson was widely accused of mishandling the selection of a successor to Hillary Rodham Clinton's Senate seat.
Ah, those were the good old days. For the Empire State, it's only gotten worse.
Both figures at the center of the switch in party control are dogged by legal concerns.
According to media reports, Sen. Hiram Monserrate of Queens has been indicted on felony charges of stabbing his girlfriend with a broken glass. (After initially voting with the GOP to switch control, Monserrate later decided to return to the Democratic fold.)
And Espada has been fined in the tens of thousands of dollars for failing to disclose political contributions. In addition, a nonprofit he ran, Soundview HealthCare Network, is reportedly being investigated by the state attorney general.TOTAL DYSFUNCTIONALITY: 9.25