Defense attorneys work for people charged with crimes. But in a new Republican TV ad guilt-by-association tarnishes the image of the defense attorney running for Congress.
That’s the essence of the latest Republican attack ad running on television in the Albany market against Democratic congressional candidate Julian Schreibman.
Schreibman, who lives in the Stone Ridge section of Ulster County, is running in the redrawn 19th Congressional District covering the upper Hudson Valley and parts of the Catskills against freshman Republican Rep. Chris Gibson of Kinderhook.
Schreibman defended Mark Holzwanger of the Forest Hills section of Queens in August of last year during a three-week jury trial that led to a jury verdict finding him guilty of two counts of wire fraud.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of New Jersey said in a press release issued after the jury decision that the charges were related to a “scheme to defraud clients out of millions of dollars in payroll taxes that were not paid to the IRS.”
However, the federal judge who heard the case ruled that “the prosecutors had not proven their case and threw the case out,” according to Schreibman’s campaign.
Holzwanger, co-owner of the Manhattan-based accounting firm Total Time Solutions, LLC, made three contributions to Schreibman’s campaign in March and June of this year totaling $3,750, according to Federal Election Commission records.
The new TV ad being run by the National Republican Congressional Committee states: “The man faced decades in prison, until Schreibman got him off. Now the accused thief is helping fund Schreibman’s campaign for Congress.”
The TV ad also uses a photo of Bernard Madoff in an apparent attempt to associate Schreibman’s defense work with Madoff.
Hoever, Schreibman’s campaign points out he “filed suit against the U.S. government on behalf of several plaintiffs seeking compensation for the alleged negligence of the Securities & Exchange Commission in its inability to stop Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.”
“The latest TV ad from the NRCC relies on incomplete quotes, twisted logic and a total disregard for the truth,” stated Jonathan Levy, Schreibman’s campaign manager. “This is a desperate ad run on behalf of a candidate who will do or say anything to avoid talking about his record. Congressman Gibson should denounce the shameful tactics of the NRCC and demand they pull the ad off the air immediately. Julian has had a distinguished career as a prosecutor where he put away drug dealers, white collar criminals and aided in the successful prosecution of four al-Qaeda terrorists.”
The NRCC is spending about $150,000 weekly on TV ads attacking Schreibman for the remaining duration of the campaign, according to NRCC spokesman Nathaniel Sillin.
Here’s a link to the ad: