on the attack
Republican Councilman Dan Halloran, a candidate for congress in northeastern Queens, gave a long, 36-minute speech before a conservative group in Suffolk County at the end of last week where he unloaded a multitude of charges against his Democratic opponent, Assemblywoman Grace Meng. Notably, he implied she is somehow involved with the alleged criminal schemes of her father, former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, who was arrested last month and charged with soliciting an $80,000 bribe to fix a court case. Ms. Meng has declared her independence.
“Grace Meng has spent $1.1 million dollars. She raised $1 million, she spent $1.1 million. Can anyone do the math?” Mr. Halloran rhetorically asked. “She’s $100,000 in the hole. Her father was arrested last week for accepting an $80,000 bribe. You can do the math there and figure it out. He was also — by the way — kicked out of the Assembly for voter fraud in 2004. His campaign manager was Grace Meng, my opponent.”
GOP Councilman Dan Halloran certainly has no interest in forgetting about the arrest of former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng — the father of his Democratic opponent his current congressional race. After initially issuing a questionable claim of exactly how much money Mr. Meng raised for his daughter Grace at an unrelated political event, Mr. Halloran is now calling for Ms. Meng to disclose all of her campaign’s bundlers.
“What does Grace Meng Have to Hide?” a press release from his campaign asked this morning, with his spokesman Steven Stites adding, “If Grace Meng isn’t ready to disclose her finances, how can she be ready to represent us in Congress? Her campaign coffers are flush with special interest money. The people deserve to know who helped her raise that money. New Yorkers can’t help but wonder what Grace Meng has to hide.”
After former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, the father of current Assemblywoman — and congressional candidate — Grace Meng, was arrested last week for allegedly soliciting an $80,000 bribe to fix a court case, Ms. Meng’s Republican opponent, Councilman Dan Halloran, very directly declined to comment for the time being. But Mr. Halloran still has thoughts on the issue, as evidenced by his endorsement speech for a Republican Council candidate the day after Mr. Meng was indicted.
“Because he’s a Republican, the type of scrutiny that he’s going to get is unreal,” Mr. Halloran said of the media’s future treatment of Andy Sullivan, a candidate against incumbent Brooklyn Councilman Vinnie Gentile in 2013. “In my race, my opponent had her father arrested and indicted in federal court yesterday for scamming $80,000 out of a Chinese businessman, on tape, by FBI. And he bundled one quarter of her money for her race, but they don’t even mention her! Don’t even mention her!”
fruit basket bribes
Earlier today, Jimmy Meng, the father of Assemblywoman — and congressional candidate — Grace Meng, was arrested under allegations of having solicited an $80,000 bribe in a fruit basket to help fix a court case. Understandably, Ms. Meng’s campaign sent out a statement this evening urging caution and patience as the legal process works itself out.
“I am shocked and deeply saddened by these allegations. Prior to this afternoon’s reports, I had no knowledge of my father’s actions or the investigation,” she said. “I am independent of my father – always have been, always will be. Until more facts emerge and we have a better understanding of the situation, the only thing further I’ll say is that I urge my father to fully cooperate with all authorities.”