White Plains, NY — Tony Castro, candidate for the Democratic nomination for District Attorney, today criticized his opponent for soliciting and accepting the endorsement of the Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association as well as that of other police organizations.
“At a time when the public has legitimate concerns regarding how the District Attorney’s office under Janet DiFiore treats allegations of police misconduct, soliciting and accepting endorsements by police organizations reeks of an ethical conflict,” Castro said. “As an elected official charged with the impartial administration of justice, and as a member of the bar, she should simply avoid creating even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”
“Early in my campaign, I formally advised all law enforcement organizations with whom the District Attorney’s office conducts business that I would neither solicit nor accept donations or endorsements from them,” Castro said. “There is a very real possibility that the same individuals who work with the office to initiate criminal prosecutions could at any time be themselves the subject of an investigation. It is simply wrong for a District Attorney to ask these organizations for their endorsement or their financial support.”
“Then again, Ms. DiFiore has no problem reconciling her acceptance of the Conservative Party endorsement with her self-serving conversion to the Democratic Party and, allegedly, to its principles,” Castro noted. “So I guess she has no problem seeking political support from people her office deals with.”