In a December 28th letter, GOP State Senator Greg Ball wrote a politely scathing letter to Republican Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, focusing on her District Director, Rob DiFrancesco. The letter begins by noting that Senator Ball first brought this to Congresswoman Hayworth’s attention close to a year ago, “and I have still not received a response.” Senator Ball is rumored to be a possible primary challenger against the Congresswoman, and this wouldn’t be the first time that he criticized her actions.
Senator Ball’s letter, which you can read below, makes big claims. It argues that the staffer in question has “seemingly admitted” to stealing everything from printer toner to email accounts. The letter highlights each example of theft with the word “stealing” in bold print while claiming there is a federal investigation involved as well.
The letter makes a direct accusation that Ms. Hayworth’s political career could be endangered by her Congressional staffers. “Congresswoman, I have continued to explain very clearly to you, that if placed in a position of public trust, Mr. Difrancesco (among other actors that you have closely associated with) would jeopardize your political career and personal reputation,” the letter reads, adding that confidential constituent information could also be compromised.
To further drive home the point, Mr. Ball additionally provided a copy of the letter a litany of elected officials of both political parties, ranging from local Town Supervisors up to Members of Congress.
Congresswoman Hayworth won her Hudson Valley seat in 2010, and Mr. Ball’s unrelenting intra-party criticism is unlikely to favorably impact her electoral situation as national and local Democrats aim to defeat her in 2012.
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