Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Cheers: Cheers to state Assembly Member Michael P. Kearns, D-Buffalo. His willingness to publicly distance himself from the Democratic Assembly majority conference, until Majority Leader Sheldon Silver quits or is forced out over his past covering up of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal, is laudable. Kearns knows he’ll pay a price for his insubordination, but we hope he finds there’s some honor in being reassigned to a broom closet in the bowels of the Legislative Office Building. Anyone who knows the fate of the last anti-Silver insurgent, former Syracuse-area Assembly member Michael Bragman, knows that’s not a joke. Silver’s quickness to cover for yet another pervert roaming the halls in our capitol reminds us yet again that the majority leader is a dictator, an anti-Democratic leader if you will, and for the betterment of the conference — not to mention all of New York — he ought to be overthrown. Might a few other upstate Assembly Democrats mimic Mickey Kearns and locate moral courage on this matter? Are you able, Robin Schimminger? Sean Ryan? Dennis Gabryszak?