A campaign mailing for State Sen. Michael Venditto couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Massapequa Republican, who is seeking re-election.
Apparently mailed last Wednesday — a day before Michael Venditto’s father, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, was arrested on multiple federal charges of corruption — the postcards began arriving in residents’ mailboxes Monday and Tuesday.
“Taking on special interests,” the postcard reads, with Michael Venditto shaking the hand of an older man. “Locking up corrupt politicians.”
Also on the postcard: “Venditto has led the fight to clean up corruption in state government” and voted for a new law to strip politicians convicted of corruption of their taxpayer-funded pension.
Venditto’s Senate campaign spokesman, Scott Reif, said in a statement that the “mailer was issued by the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, not Senator Venditto, and it was designed to highlight that while the New York City Democrats are talking about ethics and corruption, we’re actually doing something about it — starting with stripping politicians convicted of a felony of their taxpayer-funded pensions.”
Reif added, “Senate Republicans have enacted term limits for legislative leaders and passed a measure to allow the public to recall corrupt politicians from office. Senator Venditto has been a big part of our efforts to achieve real reforms that ensure the public has faith and trust in their government at every level.”
Venditto is being challenged by John Brooks, of Seaford, a registered Republican running on the Democratic line.
Brooks said Venditto “is not sincere with rooting out corruption. Look at what’s happening right now directly in his own household. His hands are tied.”
Brooks said, “As far as corruption is concerned, I sincerely believe we have to clean up and institute some hard and fast rules that require transparency in terms of contributions and money that forbids the use of campaign funds as defense funds. It’s crazy what goes on here.”