Wednesday, August 16, 2006

NY Republican John Spencer's Family Values

One of Senator Hillary Clinton's (NY-D) Republican challengers is throwing mud. However, John Spencer, former mayor of Yonkers should be careful. In a recent ad, Spencer attacked Sen. Clinton. However, Spencer has some skeletons in his "family values" closet. The information, although well-known by the people of Yonkers and residents of New York, came out again when Spencer debated another Republican, Kathleen McFarland. Here is part of what McFarland said in this excerpt from the Journal News:

...McFarland countered that Spencer's personal relationship as mayor with staff member Kathy Spring — which she labeled an "affair with (his) secretary" — was fair game.

"You were living with her, you doubled your own personal income" as her salary increased from $52,000 to $138,000 on his watch, she said of Spring, now married to the candidate and known as Kathy Spencer....

Here is what the New York Times had to say about the debate:

...Kathleen Troia McFarland, a former official in the Reagan-era Pentagon, repeatedly hammered John Spencer, a former mayor of Yonkers, for having an extramarital affair with a city employee while he was mayor, having relatives on the city payroll, and raising property taxes. Mr. Spencer fought back, accusing her of distorting his record with “lies and innuendos and half-truths” while ignoring her early pledge to run a positive campaign...