New York Governor Andrew Cuomo cancelled two fund raisers linked to this year’s World Series when questions were raised about the ethics of essentially reselling World Series tickets at scalpers prices.
As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the governor’s campaign had purchased about 40 tickets and had planned to hold the parties at Citi Field, with the campaign asking for $5,500 per person to attend — you pay the $5.5k, get a ticket and go to the game and party.
After the fundraisers became public, with various watchdog groups investigating them, the governor’s campaign returned the tickets to the Mets. Tickets to games three, four and the possible fifth game have been very hard to come by and some questioned the ethics, asking if the governor used the power of his office to secure the tickets, when so many others didn’t have that kind of influence to get such sought-after World Series tickets.
The fundraisers have been rescheduled, according to the governor’s campaign.
Governor Cuomo will however keep the bet he has with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. If the Mets win Governor Nixon will have to wear a Mets jersey. If the Royals win Governor Cuomo will have to wear a Royals jersey. With the Mets down in the series 2-0, Governor Cuomo should have a couple of his staffers looking for the best Royals jersey on sale at Citi Field. He doesn’t want to get caught buying a counterfeit jersey from a pirate seller.
(Claudia Gestro contributed to this article, including photo of
Gov. Cuomo at Kauffman Stadium, in Kansas City MO for Game One.)
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