O'Donnell responds to Sean Maloney's candidacy for Attorney General

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 (Goshen, NY) – Today, James D. O'Donnell, the Republican, Conservative and Reform Party candidate for New York's 18th Congressional District, released the following statement in response to multiple reports that Sean Maloney is running for Attorney General:

"Over the last 12 years, the Office of Attorney General has been used by its occupants to engage in hyper-partisan political crusades that have solidified New York's reputation as the most corrupt state government in America with the highest taxes, worst business climate and most people leaving our state. So it comes as no surprise that hyper-partisan career politician Sean Maloney would declare his candidacy for Attorney General."

O'Donnell continued, "Running for two separate elected offices at the same time is illegal in New York, and unethical on top of it. Even Mr. Maloney’s fellow New York Democrat in the House, Kathleen Rice, cited such legal barriers when she recently refused to run for Attorney General while standing for re-election to Congress. Where is that integrity in Mr. Maloney? A public official, whether in Congress or the Attorney General’s office, must respect the law; he can’t apply it selectively to himself to satisfy a political craving.

"As a retired Lt. Colonel with the State Police and the former Chief of Police of the MTA Police, I know how important it is to have an Attorney General who will dispense justice without fear or favor and who will conduct themselves with honor, integrity and independence," said O'Donnell. "Unfortunately, Sean Maloney does not meet those qualifications. As someone who ranks towards the bottom of the annual Lugar Center's Bipartisan Index, has voted lock-step with Nancy Pelosi and was right smack in the middle of Eliot Spitzer's corruption scandals, Sean Maloney has proven himself to be uniquely unqualified to serve as Attorney General."

In conclusion, O'Donnell added, "Mr. Maloney's candidacy raises a legal red flag that must be addressed immediately by the appropriate judicial and election authorities – specifically, the question of how a candidate for one office in New York can possibly run for another office at the same time," declared O'Donnell. "It's clear that Sean Maloney has no interest in continuing to serve as our Congressman, so over the next few weeks, my campaign will evaluate all legal remedies to ensure the interests of the people of the 18th Congressional District are put above all other considerations, including Sean Maloney's political ambitions."

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