Nothing like an election scandal first thing in the morning.

A New York state senator and a Republican bigwig, arrested on charges of trying to rig the NYC Mayoral election. Good times.

State Sen. Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran were arrested this morning on charges they were plotting to rig this year’s mayoral election through fraud and bribes.

The pols allegedly formed an alliance built on cash payments and fraud to get Smith — one of the state’s top Democrats — placed on the GOP mayoral ballot, sources said.

FBI agents arrested them both at their Queens homes shortly after 6 a.m.

Note to politicians – when we speak wistfully about both sides working together, this isn’t exactly what we have in mind.

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