Release of Zeldin attacker is starting to look like a particularly shady campaign ployJuly 26, 2022
It’s … interesting, isn’t it, that a district attorney who agreed to co-chair a partisan gubernatorial campaign then levied a notably light charge against someone who attempted to assault the candidate she’d endorsed, in a way that allowed him to press a political point he’d been campaigning hard on?
Add to this that Doorley’s office is known for harsher charges than many other prosecutors’ offices: “According to a review by the Times Union, state data shows the prosecutor’s office has sought bail on criminal cases at higher rates than in most highly populated counties in New York,” and that in all of 2021, her office only charged one person with attempted assault in the second degree as a top offense. And yet, in this specific case, Doorley suddenly pulled out this particular charge that just happened to give Zeldin and his fellow Republicans a campaign talking point.
Doorley, for the record, claims that she withdrew as Zeldin’s campaign co-chair after learning that it was against ethics guidelines for her to participate in that way, though Zeldin’s campaign never withdrew its press release about her role and his website still had her name listed.
Jakubonis told investigators he did not know who he was confronting and that he “must have checked out” and was disgusted by what he saw in the video of the incident.