New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under fire for covering up a sexual harassment scandal involving one of his members using taxpayer funds. State Republicans have been turning the “war on women” meme onto the Democrats for remaining silent on the matter. Silver must have thought it would be a good idea to have a woman out there defending him online, but apparently no women were available so he had a male staffer pose as a woman.
Bill Eggler, 48, a longtime legislative writer for Silver, is behind a Web alter ego, “Sophia Walker,” who lashes out at anyone who dares suggest his boss did anything wrong in orchestrating a secret $103,080 payout to the former Brooklyn Democratic Party leader’s accusers, The Post has learned.
A friend of Eggler’s innocently let the cat out of the bag by publicly identifying him as blogger Sophia Walker in a recent posting.
One comment that “Sophia’’ posted on Sept. 5 to the Albany Times Union’s Capitol Confidential blog defends Silver’s handling of the payout.
“This entire affair is nothing more than election-year scandal-mongering, all of which will fade away after the taxpayers foot the bill for a costly, perfunctory and pointless investigation that will find no significant wrongdoing on Silver’s part,” it reads.
“Sophia” even targeted The Post.
“Kudos to The Post for attempting to keep this faux scandal alive by any means necessary,” The Last Goddess Magazine, which lists “Sophia Walker” as its editor, said on its Web page Thursday.
In wishing Eggler a happy birthday, Charles Apple of the American Copy Editors Society recently posted a note saying, “Bill Eggler is a writer of legislation, speech and whatnot for the speaker of the New York state Assembly in Albany . . . In addition, Bill writes a deliciously snarky, naughty and somewhat R-rated science fiction-heavy blog. Find that blog here and his Facebook page here.”