Race for the 25th district heats up
Posted at: 09/12/2012 9:53 PM
Things are heating up in the race for the 25th Congressional district between Louise Slaughter and Maggie Bro_oks.
Now, Brooks says it has gone from a campaign to a mudslinging contest.
Congresswoman Slaughter released a new ad Wednesday, mentioning a number of scandals involving Monroe County employees.
Slaughter's ad focuses on two former airport directors. The first, Dave Damelio, who stepped down after an investigation showed he misused county funds. Then, his replacement, Susan Walsh, was arrested nearly a year later, for being drink when she crashed her county-owned vehicle.
The ad goes on to claim Monroe County employees have been involved in a number of other incidents.
Slaughter's campaign released a statement Wednesday saying taxpayers have been footing the bill Brooks' mistakes.
County Executive Brooks fired back. When reached by phone she told News10NBC, "It's not the content that is disturbing, it is the fact that Louise Slaughter has now set a tone of negative mudslinging. What she released today was an attack ad and it's sad it's disappointing to me and it says more to me about her failed 25 year record in Congress than anything else. She refuses to talk about her record and so she's resorted to mudslinging. I think the voters of Monroe County deserve better than that and I'm very disappointed that's it's going this direction."
Brooks says she plans to release a new campaign ad of her own next week.
Wednesday evening, Slaughter's campaign responded to Brooks' comments by saying, "This is not old news -- in fact, the first scandal referenced in the ad was from a news report last week. This is a constant and ongoing culture of corruption where taxpayers are burdened with the cost of Maggie's scandals, and Maggie Brooks refuses to take responsibility."
Slaughter was first elected to Congress in 1986 and is now serving her 13th term in Congress.
Brooks has served as Monroe County Executive since 2004.