Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) jumped into his party's attack on Republican comptroller candidate Harry Wilson, construing the challenger's statement about divestment and value in the state pension funds to mean he'd support investing in Iran and the Sudan. Johnson, who has both Iranian expatriates and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in his Nassau district, and sponsored the state's Iran Divestment Act, launched this one:
"Iran is a state sponsor of terror and its president has threatened to wipe Israel off the map... Tom DiNapoli has been an excellent state comptroller and put safeguards in place to ensure that this current Iranian regime and other bad actors are not having their activities indirectly funded with New Yorkers' hard earned money. As a New York state resident, and as a member of the Jewish faith, I find it offensive that someone would run on dismantling this socially responsible divestment strategy.”
Now clearly incensed at the extremely exotic implication that Wilson, a finance guy from upstate, is somehow giving aid and comfort to Ahmedinejad and the oppressors in Darfur, the Wilson camp sends us this missive, which goes a couple of steps beyond merely calling DiNapoli and his surrogates run-of-the-mill political liars:
“Tom DiNapoli and his surrogates will face legal suit if they continue to manufacture the suggestion that Mr. Wilson would invest in Iran or Sudan. Harry Wilson, a staunch supporter of the state of Israel for decades, has never suggested investing in those nations and has made it clear he would not. If Mr. DiNapoli or any of his surrogates insist on pursuing this nonsense, after it has been made clear that it is untrue, we will pursue litigation for libel. If Mr. DiNapoli had accepted any of our many invitations to debate, we could have made this position quite clear, to him and anyone else, but he has spent months hiding behind surrogates because he is afraid to talk about our state’s grave fiscal problems.
"It has long been known that Mr. DiNapoli is the least qualified statewide official in Albany. In the last 24 hours he has made clear that he is also the dirtiest and is completely devoid of any allegiance to facts or basic decency. Anyone who would manufacture lies about our nation’s preeminent national security threat to change the subject on a bad news day – see today’s Wall Street Journal for a recounting of Mr. DiNapoli’s ethical improprieties – is reprehensible. Throughout this campaign, Mr. DiNapoli has replied to our substantive critique of his (lack of) accomplishments and performance with manufactured lies and innuendo, but even for him this latest distortion represents an unconscionable low. We demand an immediate apology for these libelous statements.” -- Chapin Fay, Esq., Campaign Manager, Taxpayers for Harry Wilson