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Nassau's Senate Dem rejects drug-reform rap on Rice

Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) seems to be taking a cautiously-worded bop at a couple of his Senate colleagues in a statement that says his fellow Nassau Democrat, DA Kathleen Rice, supported the reforms of the Rockefeller drug laws. The text as sent to us earlier today:

During these past few months I have watched the formation of what I believe to be the most qualified field of candidates for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General's Office in some time.

However, I'm dismayed that one issue, namely Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice's support for last year's Rockefeller drug law reforms, has repeatedly come up in public discussions.

I have yet to decide which candidate to support in this race, but I am compelled to speak up on what I believe to be a distortion of District Attorney Rice's record.

Kathleen Rice supported these reforms. As my local district attorney, she told me in 2009 that we should pass this proposal and improve how our state handles cases of non-violent, low-level drug offenders that need treatment rather than incarceration.

As I said earlier, Democrats will have many good choices when they decide who will succeed Andrew Cuomo in the Attorney General's Office. But remember: The eventual Democratic nominee will have a tough general election against a strong Republican opponent.

It is my hope the candidates keep that in mind and all campaigns focus on running a race that is committed to producing the strongest possible nominee."

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