The state GOP committee and the campaign of former hedge-fund manager Harry Wilson released two separate statements today hitting Democratic Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
Wilson campaign manager Chapin Fay released a statement criticizing DiNapoli after he “reversed his pledge” on limiting campaign contributions:
“Mr. DiNapoli took his recent flip-flops and acts of hypocrisy to new lows today, when he reversed his own pledge to limit campaign contributions. We have come to expect Mr. DiNapoli to deny his spendthrift 23- year record in a vain effort to pretend to be a reformer, but reversing a self-made pledge that is only a few months old is a new low, even for a career politician like Mr. DiNapoli. A zebra can’t change its stripes and Mr. DiNapoli cannot fool voters into thinking he’s anything but a typical politician.”
Prior to that statement going out to reporters, state Republican Committee Executive Director Alex Carey knocked DiNapoli for his statement put out on Thursday that urged lawmakers to avoid a government shutdown:
“In the midst of a crippling budget crisis that he has done nothing to avoid, Tom DiNapoli’s sudden transformation into a reform-minded fiscal watchdog is utterly preposterous. In fact, it would be laughable if the situation weren’t so dire for New York, its businesses and families,” Carey said.
DiNapoli’s statement was issued after reporters inquired what the likely effects of a government shutdown would have, if lawmakers fail to pass an emergency-budget bill to be introduced by Gov. David Paterson on Monday. DiNapoli, of Long Island, is running for a full term as comptroller after he replaced Alan Hevesi, who resigned in 2007 following revelations he used a state worker to run personal errands