More political fallout from minor charges for man who attacked Zeldin
Joshua Solomon reports for the Times Union that the district attorney who only charged the man who attacked Lee Zeldin with attempting to assault, which allowed him to be released on bail, also spoke at a campaign event for the candidate for governor. Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley may have broken ethics guidelines for the prosecutors' association that say a district attorney shall not "speak at a political/social function, publicize their attendance at such functions," or "act in a manner which could be interpreted as lending the prestige and weight of their office to the political party or function." Doorley notes that those ethics guidelines also say, "However, this shall not prohibit normal political activity during the course of a campaign year." "The district attorney does not think she violated the guidelines in her participation at this event," Calli Marianetti, a spokesperson for Doorley. The DA had also briefly been named co-chair of Zeldin's campaign before stepping down. Doorley released the man who attacked Zeldin without bail on a minor charge, setting up Zeldin to criticize Democrats for allowing a accused-but-not convicted criminal to be released on bail. Zeldin is the Republican nominee for governor, who, as a member of the House of Representatives, voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election results even though there was no proven fraud. Read more about this story in the Times Union.