Last night, The New York Times broke the news that former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión had left the Democratic Party and would now be seeking to run for mayor on the Republican line. Of course, there are other potential hurdles Mr. Carrión will need to overcome for this electoral endeavor, including securing the support of the GOP county leaders and beating potential primary rivals. One such rival is Manhattan Media C.E.O. Tom Allon, another former Democrat and the only Republican candidate who has formally announced his candidacy so far. Needless to say, Mr. Allon seems displeased with the former borough president’s candidacy.
Accordingly, Mr. Allon blasted out a five paragraph statement ripping Mr. Carrión over a $10,000 fine he received for using an architect in a personal renovation project who was simultaneously involved in a development that needed his approval.
“We need him to explain how a systemically corrupt one-party system that has allowed 30 elected officials over the last 10 years to be indicted or sent to jail relates to his own serious lack of judgment and ethical breach which resulted in a $10,000 fine levied by the city’s conflict of interest board,” Mr. Allon declared.
Notably absent was any criticism of Mr. Carrión for his Democratic past or his career in President Barack Obama’s administration, likely because of Mr. Allon’s own Democratic past and his decision not to weigh in on the presidential race. Also unmentioned were two other possible Republican opponents, Doe Fund founder George McDonald and businessman John Catsimatidis. Mr. Catsimatidis announced today he would soon register an account for his potential campaign.
View Mr. Allon’s full statement below:
“We need him to explain how a systemically corrupt one-party system that has allowed 30 elected officials over the last 10 years to be indicted or sent to jail relates to his own serious lack of judgment and ethical breach which resulted in a $10,000 fine levied by the city’s conflict of interest board,”
“New Yorkers need to know why Mr. Carrion raised more than $1 million for a race for Comptroller and then walked away with the money and never made the race. Why should he be allowed to use this money now? And why should he be allowed to keep the funds if he now says he will flout New York City’s campaign finance rules?
“New Yorkers need to know why he was appointed to both national and multi-state jobs in the last few years and then left them so quickly. Is this an example of the level of Mr. Carrion’s commitment to public service?
“If we continue to numb ourselves to accepting candidates who are found guilty of ethical violations by the conflict of interest board, and others who disregard hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines by city agencies, as well as candidates who allow and defend illegal campaign fundraising, then how will we ever have a serious debate about the critical issues facing New York?
“The issue of systemic corruption is real and I believe that before this campaign is over we will see a new municipal corruption scandal the likes of which the city has not seen since the 1980s ‘City For Sale’ days.”