Friday, May 17, 2019

  

Dutchess GOP, Dem chairs trade barbs in county executive race

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Republican Chairman Michael McCormack criticized Democratic county executive candidate Joseph Ruggiero on Thursday for comments he made at his campaign launch the previous night.

That prompted Democratic Chairwoman Elisa Sumner to respond.

Ruggiero, who is challenging GOP incumbent Marcus Molinaro. said he is the best candidate for the job.  He said he has the best credentials to serve as county leader given the private and public sector leadership positions he has held during his career.

Ruggiero also noted that Molinaro ran unsuccessfully for governor last fall.

“Joe Ruggiero ran for State Assembly twice and lost,” McCormack said. “He ran for County Executive and lost. He tried for Lieutenant Governor of New York and wasn't selected. And, last year, as Representatives Sean Maloney was running for Attorney General, Joe was maneuvering to run for Congress. He's right on this point: Ambition is not an agenda. But Dutchess County is stronger, safer, better today thanks to Marc Molinaro's agenda: working, standing and speaking up for the people of Dutchess County.”

Sumner responded to GOP comments, “Molinaro stated that he wants to be president some day and has climbed the political ladder in the safest possible manner; only running for a higher office when it doesn’t conflict with his current position. He has never held a real job. He has increased his budget by over a million dollars since taking office. We are thrilled that the Republicans agree with our candidate that ambition is not an agenda. Maybe now they would like to find a candidate who doesn’t spend taxpayers’ money on his self-promotion.”

 

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