As a candidate for the 38th Assembly District I demand an apology from Assemblyman Mike Miller after he stated that my recent endorsement from Citizens Union was hypocritical. Assemblyman Miller stated at the Woodhaven Resident’s Block Association meeting that being endorsed by the Citizens Union and being a NY Uprising Hero of Reform is hypocritical.
This came after Miller was interviewed by the Citizens Union, and they chose to endorse me over him because of my views on reform.
Miller even told the group that he did not seek the citizens union endorsement, but the Citizens Union’s web site clearly states the results of his interview.
Citizens Union of New York City is an independent, non-partisan, civic organization that promotes good government and seeks political reform. It was founded in 1897 with the purpose of stopping the corruption of Tammany Hall.
Citizens Union conducts face to face interviews with candidates for political office, and will only make an endorsement if the interviewers are confident that the candidate is dedicated to achieving reform.
By saying this Mike Miller has blasted a slew of incumbent and challenging candidates including fellow democrat and current Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-15). Along with Addabbo, Current State Senator Frank Padavan (R-11), Assembly Candidate Vincent Tabone (R-26), State Comptroller candidate Harry Wilson(R) and several of Miller’s fellow democrats that were endorsed by both organizations.
They must be hypocrites also (according to Mike Miller.)
Being one of the few select candidates endorsed the Citizens Union and labeled a NY Uprising Hero of reform is something that I am proud of, and it demonstrates my commitment to the change we need in Albany.
Not only is Mike Miller’s opinion wrong, but he should apologize to me and each of the other candidates that received endorsements of both groups. This is just another of the long list of examples of how Mike Miller is out of touch with the reform that our state needs.
Donna Marie Caltabiano
Candidate 38th AD