NYC Comptroller Candidate Kristin Davis Arrested On Federal Drug Charges

From the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

“Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and George Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), announced today the arrest of KRISTIN DAVIS, a candidate for New York City comptroller, on charges of selling prescription pills containing controlled substances, including oxycodone, for cash. DAVIS was arrested yesterday in Manhattan and is expected to be presented this afternoon in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “As alleged, Kristin Davis sold dangerous and highly addictive prescription pills to a known drug dealer on repeated occasions in exchange for cash. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in this country, resulting in more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined, and this office has a zero-tolerance policy toward anyone who helps to spread this plague at any level.”

Davis is best known as the madame who gave former New York Governor (and now her opponent in the comptroller’s race) Elliot Spitzer access to expensive prostitutes. Davis was convicted for her role in the affair and served a few months on Riker’s Island. Spitzer was never charged with any crime but did end up resigning from the governorship.

This is not Davis’s first foray into politics, as she ran for governor in 2010 as an independent. While she finished in last place (behind the “Rent is Too Damn High” guy), she did get over 20,000 votes. And earlier this year, she and Spitzer made headlines by both jumping into the race to be New York City’s next comptroller. Spitzer touted his record as New York’s Attorney General and Governor, while Davis played up her “business” savvy.

Each of the four charges against Davis carry up to 20 years in prison, but by my (very) rough calculations based on the federal sentencing guidelines she can expect to spend the better part of a decade behind bars. I’m not exactly sure whether she is going to drop out or not (it’s been a strange race after all), but it seems likely that we’ll never see a debate between Davis and her famous Client #9. Damn shame.

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