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Lazio fuels rumor that Cuomo fueled rumors

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio released the letter below addressed to possible opponent AG Andrew Cuomo. In it, the ex-Congressman seems bent on fueling the rumor that Cuomo spread rumors about Paterson. Since he knows the Timesfolk aren't about tell who they talk to off-the-record about anything -- including Lazio, presumably -- and Cuomo isn't going to answer questions from his  political detractor related to a pending investigation, the intended effect must be to make the rumor-spread accusation in the form of a "request."

To which we can only say: Molto sottile, Enrico!

(Text follows)

"The people have the right to know the truth behind the allegations that were reported in today's New York Times.  The people also have the right to know that your investigation into Governor Paterson and his involvement is conducted honestly and objectively.

 

"As you begin your investigation, I ask that you state publicly whether you or any of your associates, members of your office or campaign team aided or supplied the New York Times the information it published in any of its stories this past week attacking Governor Paterson, his staff and his conduct; or if you or any of your agents were involved in spreading the rumors about such stories.  If so, common decency, if not the law, would demand you recuse yourself from this investigation to ensure an independent process free of your political ambition.

 

"Today, you ordered the State Police to halt any internal investigation into its role surrounding their handling of this matter for fear that they would protect their own interests over the truth.  If you do not disavow any connection to this story the same conflict of interest would be present and any findings of your investigation would be immediately called into question.

 

"I and the people of New York await your rapid and full response."

 

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