Dear Mr. Astorino;
I am disappointed at the double standard you exhibited in defending your “D-Day” fundraiser that has offended many veterans because of its inappropriate images of veterans’ graves and its equating of the Governor to our enemies in World War Two.
Asked by these veterans and others to return the funds, rather than address the issue, your response was to criticize the Governor for accepting funds “raised by a convicted felon,” which your campaign staff confirmed was me.
Let me direct your attention to another convicted felon who donated to a political campaign, and how you reacted then. The convicted felon would be your father, the former Chief of Detectives of Mount Vernon, who served a year in federal prison after he pleaded guilty in 1994 to stealing money during an F.B.I investigation into police corruption. The political campaign would be yours for County Executive, to which you father made donations exceeding $1,200 some years after his release.
You showed support for your father following his arrest, saying in the newspapers that you were “proud of him.” Asked about him again when you announced your campaign for governor this year, you said “he paid his price, but we’ve always had a great relationship that continues to this day.”
You are a former Christian broadcaster, and claim to be guided by the principles of your faith. Yet it seems that , in your opinion, the right to pay the price for transgressions and move on is limited to your family, and that it does not apply to others.
How do you explain why it is fine for you to accept a donation from a convicted felon, yet not acceptable for anyone else?
If you wish to be Governor, I ask that you do a better job in considering the requirement to apply the same standards to all New Yorkers, and that you not reserve redemption and forgiveness only for members of your own family.
If you believe that a “convicted felon” should not be allowed to participate in the democratic process, then practice what you preach and start in your own home. To do otherwise would be completely hypocritical.