There hasn’t been much word from the Rockland County Republican Party when it comes to GOP candidate Ed Day’s run for Rockland County executive.
But that’s not stopping the state party from weighing in on former President Bill Clinton’s fundraising appearance for Day’s rival, David Fried, in Nyack this afternoon.
In a press release issued today, the state Republican Party states:
Thirty-two years ago yesterday, Susan Rosenberg, then a member of the Weather Underground terrorist group, took part in a heist that left two police officers and a security guard dead in Nyack.
Three years later, she was arrested carrying nearly half a ton of illegal explosives and firearms and sentenced to 58 years in prison.
On Bill Clinton’s last day in office, he pardoned Susan Rosenberg, earning widespread bipartisan condemnation, including from Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Today, the day after the anniversary of Susan Rosenberg’s brutal crime, Bill Clinton is campaigning in Nyack, the town in which these crimes occurred, to help raise money for Democrat County Executive candidate David Fried.
“If David Fried cared about the people of Rockland County, he wouldn’t be campaigning with the President who pardoned a terrorist who was complicit in the murder of three Rockland residents,” said NYGOP spokesman David Laska.
“There was no excuse for Bill Clinton to pardon Susan Rosenberg and there’s no excuse for him to campaign in the town in which she committed those heinous acts, let alone the day after their anniversary. This is a sad example of putting partisan politics over people.”
Clinton did pardon Rosenberg, in 2001 after she served 16 years of a 58-year sentence on a 1984 federal conviction for possessing 740 pounds of explosives and a submachine gun in New Jersey.
She had been charged in the 1981 Brink’s robbery in which two Nyack police officers and a security guard were murdered by a gang of revolutionaries.
Rosenberg repeatedly denied personal involvement in the Brink’s incident and those charges were dismissed by the federal prosecutor, then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani, after Rosenberg was sentenced in the New Jersey case.