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Former Rep. John Sweeney campaigns in 2006
Former Rep. John Sweeney campaigns in 2006

Breaking: FBI subpoenas ORDA over Rep. Sweeney trips to Lake Placid

The FBI has subpoenaed information from Lake Placid's Olympic Regional Development Authority as part of an investigation that apparently targets former Congressman John Sweeney. The Albany Times-Union is reporting that Federal agents are probing Sweeney's taxpayer-funded trips that ended in 2006 when he lost a bid for re-election. Martha Foley has details.  Go to full article
John and Gayle Sweeney in a November 2006 political ad
John and Gayle Sweeney in a November 2006 political ad

Sweeney's wife Gayle alleges abuse

The wife of former Republican congressman John Sweeney says she was physically and verbally abused by her husband. Gayle Sweeney told the Albany Times-Union that Sweeney "coerced" her into denying abuse allegations during last fall's election campaign. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
GOP National Committeeman Sandy Treadwell
GOP National Committeeman Sandy Treadwell

Treadwell builds war chest for Gillibrand seat

Essex County Republican Sandy Treadwell raised more than $330,000 this quarter in his bid to unseat Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand. As Brian Mann reports, Treadwell hopes to establish himself as the GOP's best hope to retake the seat.  Go to full article
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, NY-20 (File photo)
Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, NY-20 (File photo)

Rep. Gillibrand goes to Washington

Representative Kirsten Gillibrand is settling in for her first term in Washington. The Democrat, who represents parts of the Adrirondacks, as well as the Champlain Valley and Glens Falls, won an upset victory over Republican John Sweeney in November. Gillibrand spoke with Brian Mann about her first weeks on the job. She says she's comfortable with the direction taken by the Democratic leadership in the House, especially on the Iraq War. Gillibrand says President Bush's planned build-up of forces in Iraq is misguided.  Go to full article

"Angry" Sweeney leaves Washington

While some defeated politicians go out with a bang, making speeches and pushing last-minute legislation, Republican John Sweeney has quietly faded away in Washington. Following his surprise defeat in November, Congressman Sweeney failed to turn up for much of the pre-holiday lame-duck session. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Comptroller Alan Hevesi a "poster child for what not to do"
Comptroller Alan Hevesi a "poster child for what not to do"

Scandals taint NY election season

The New York Times is reporting this morning that governor-elect Eliot Spitzer will push for the ouster of fellow Democrat Alan Hevesi. Hevesi, the state's comptroller, was forced to repay tens of thousands of dollars following the revelation that he used a state employee to chauffeur his wife. Fall-out also continues from the controversial leak of state police documents that described a domestic incident involving Republican congressman John Sweeney. The union representing New York state police says an investigator is being wrongly demoted because he's being blamed for leaking a trooper's report about a the incident. The story broke in the press just days before the November seventh election, which Sweeney lost to Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann spoke about the ugly political climate with Fred LeBrun, veteran columnist with the Albany Times-Union.  Go to full article

Dem Gillibrand Leads 20th District Race

Wes Clark, the former NATO general and presidential candidate, campaigned for Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand yesterday in the town of Catskill. New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton will stump for Gillibrand at separate rallies today. Meanwhile, questions about Republican John Sweeney's involvement in a domestic dispute at his home last December continued to simmer through the weekend. In an editorial published Saturday, the Glens Falls Post-Star withdrew its endorsement of Sweeney. For the first time, an independent poll shows Gillibrand leading the race by 3 percentage points. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Poll: Discontent With Sweeney, GOP

Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand's narrow 3-point advantage is within the poll's margin of error. According to Siena College, Gillibrand leads Republican John Sweeney by 9 points in southern counties of the 20th congressional district and is running dead even here in the North Country. The two candidates hold equal support among men and women. The poll was taken last week just as the first news of the Sweeneys' domestic incident was coming out. Brian asked Siena College spokesman Steven Greenberg whether the numbers could shift again before Tuesday.  Go to full article
Congressman John Sweeney
Congressman John Sweeney

Domestic violence charge rocks Sweeney race

The 20th congressional district race was rocked yesterday when two newspapers published reports of a domestic incident in December involving Republican incumbent John Sweeney and his wife Gaia, who goes by the name Gayle. The Albany Times-Union and the New York Daily News reported that Sweeney allegedly grabbed his wife by the neck. The development comes with just a week left in the campaign, as Sweeney faces the toughest re-election fight of his career against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article

Sweeney refuses to debate Gillibrand

Former President Bill Clinton will campaign in Latham today, stumping for Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand hopes to unseat incumbent Republican John Sweeney. The Glens Falls Post Star had scheduled a debate between the two candidates for this evening. But Sweeney announced this week that he wouldn't face Gillibrand. Sweeney also failed to appear at a debate on Monday held by the League of Women Voters in Saratoga County. Gillibrand took to the stage alone, addressing a small audience. As Brian Mann reports, the lack of a face-to-face meeting is the latest development in one of the nation's most toxic congressional races.  Go to full article

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