Who says organized crime still isn’t running rampant in New York?

Last month, Rep. Chris Gibson became the second Empire State Republican (after the aforementioned Rep. Michael Grimm) to acknowledge the need to act on human-caused climate change. All of a sudden, Gibson has announced that he will retire from Congress next year. despite the fact that he was re-elected in 2014 in a blowout. To quote Arsenio Hall’s famous line, it’s just one of those things that make you go “Hmmm….”

The Associated Press reported that Rep. Gibson “has one of the more liberal voting records among congressional Republicans.” The AP failed to report that such a voting record made him a target for you-know-who.

Guess Rep. Gibson, who’s supposedly considering a run for governor in 2018, forgot what happens to good Republicans who get on the bad side of the carbon capos by supporting efforts to combat climate change. Didn’t he remember how Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) went missing politically in 2008? Didn’t he recall how Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) was given the cement-shoe treatment in 2010?

Does anyone doubt that underlings in the New York-based syndicate known as La Kocha Nostra rolled up to Rep. Gibson one night in a black Cadillac and told him, “Chris, we can do this the easy way, or we can do this the hard way”? Does anyone doubt that Gibson began to crack at the thought of being politically whacked?

I’m sure La Kocha Nostra operates through the enforcement of a code of silence, so I don’t expect Rep. Gibson to acknowledge what obviously happened. However, any Republican in the House or Senate who wants to acknowledge the reality of human-caused climate change and the necessity of solutions to the problem of pollution should always remember to keep their friends close, and their enemies closer.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.