Over at the New York Times and Crain’s Insider, they’ve profiled Frank Seddio, “an attorney who served just four months as a surrogate court judge before stepping down amid an ethics investigation in 2007” — and apparently now “the front-runner to replace Vito Lopez as chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party . . . poised to assume control over the judicial nomination process for a borough of 2.6 million people.”
Needless to say, Seddio is no reformer. Let’s look at his resume, shall we? According to the NYT profile, he was best buds with Carl Kruger and was Lopez’s protege. Wow. Back in 2007, Seddio resigned as the King’s County Surrogate Judge following an investigation that determined he, “in apparent violation of rules governing candidates for the bench, gave more than $31,000 in campaign funds to political cronies and to his home base, the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club.” Whoops.
The best part of Seddio is his law firm bio, which whitewashes his little indiscretion with the revisionist claim that he “recently retired as the Judge of the Surrogate Court of Kings County.” Even better is his boast that “[d]uring his [four month] tenure he has been responsible for making a myriad of changes in the policies and procedures in the Court to better adapt it to the needs of modern society.” Um, ok. Oh yeah, he also likes to be called “Judge”.