A Harlem man that has been convicted for manslaughter will likely become the first ever convicted killer to enter the NY state Assembly.
Although the actual vote for the 68th District Assembly seat isn’t until January 18, historically if you have the Dem nomination it is the same as a victory.
The convicted murderer Eddie Gibbs secured the nomination in a meeting of Dem Party members. The seat, which is currently held by Robert Rodriguez, has become open because Rodriguez was appointed to the secretary of state. During the 2020 election, Rodriguez, the Dem, had received 89% of the votes.
Gibbs, 54, pleaded guilty of manslaughter in 1988 to murdering Otis Frasier.
In an unsuccessful campaign for the Assembly in 2010, Gibbs tried explaining his side of the crime,
“I was defending myself during an altercation,” Gibbs stated. Gibbs said that he had shot Frasier after he was stabbed in the leg by him.
Gibbs had to serve 5 1/2 years in prison.
Before his manslaughter conviction, Eddie Gibbs had a conviction for distributing crack in the 1980s and was also involved in a 1977 domestic violence case.
Since then, he has been employed as a political consultant.
“What defines a person isn’t how he falls, but how he gets back up,” Gibbs stated.
In NY state, ex-convicts are allowed to run for office. In 2002, Eddie Gibbs was awarded a “certificate of good conduct” to erase most job barriers, although he still can’t own a gun.
In a Facebook post, Gibbs held himself up as an example.
“As a result of the remorse that I showed and the circumstances of the incident, the court chose to give me a lenient sentence. Until this day I am very disappointed and apologetic by my actions and I do not make any excuses for them,” he said.
“I can also tell you that the 17-year-old boy who made those terrible decisions, those 35+ years ago, is not who stands here in front you today,” he wrote.
“As a way for me to give back, my plan is to dedicate a big part of my campaign to the education of my constituents, and all of the former incarcerated people on local politics. In the poorer communities there are usually many myths that come with their unwillingness or willingness to vote and it’s my goal to be a liaison between what is fiction and what is a fact,” he wrote.
Gibbs will face opposition in Jan. from Tamika Mapp, who is a businesswoman that didn’t get the Dem nomination. A GOP candidate will also likely be on the ballot.
Author: Blake Ambrose