An ethics grievance has been filed in opposition to Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the top of the Home Democrats’ marketing campaign arm, over potential misuse of a staffer for private companies — after a Put up report revealed an aide allegedly labored because the congressman’s private “physique man.”
Elisa Sumner, the previous chairwoman of the Dutchess County Democratic Occasion who’s backing Maloney’s rival Sen. Alessandra Biaggi within the Aug. 23 Democratic major for the seventeenth congressional district, registered her grievance with the Workplace of Congressional Ethics.
“I’m writing to request an official Workplace of Congressional Ethics investigation into Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s reported abuse of his taxpayer-funded authorities workers,” Sumner stated within the letter obtained by The Put up.
The grievance repeatedly cites The Put up story, printed Sunday, concerning the “physique man,” Harold Leath.
“As chances are you’ll already remember, the New York Put up reported on July 31, 2022 that: Maloney’s former `physique man’, a authorities staffer, stated that, `I used to be just about with the congressman in all places he went throughout the district — if he went to a gathering, if he went out working. I’d drive him in all places he wanted to go. After I first began, my foremost duty was to verify the congressman and his household by no means wanted something.”
The grievance notes that Leath ceaselessly frolicked with the congressman and his kin outdoors of labor and even quickly registered to vote and resided at Maloney’s residence.
“There are a number of overlapping and deeply troubling ethics violations reported on this story that demand scrutiny: the federal government staffer outright admitted that they carried out non-governmental, non-campaign work for Maloney, and in addition supplied companies for Maloney’s household – which by definition was not associated to his authorities obligations,” Sumner stated.
Sumner stated Maloney and associates could have tried to “coerce” or “cowl up” as a result of Leath backtracked on some statements in a second interview with a Put up reporter.
“Congressional staffers are hard-working public servants that deserve dignity within the office. Their job is to assist craft public coverage and help constituents, not decide up dry cleansing,” Sumner stated.
“Your watchdog workplace has beforehand carried out admirable work investigating comparable abuses dedicated by different Democrats and Republicans alike. However a live-in authorities staffer who admitted his job consisted of serving your complete Maloney household could be the most egregious instance of this conduct but. I urge you to completely examine this scandal and, if substantiated, be certain that Congressman Maloney’s unlawful and degrading office practices are ended.”
The Workplace of Congressional Ethics, as is customized, declined remark. It’ll problem a public assertion if it finds wrongdoing.
A Maloney marketing campaign rep stated he did nothing improper.
“As our group instructed the Put up initially, there’s completely no foundation to those slanderous accusations. Rep. Maloney has at all times adopted marketing campaign finance and Home ethics guidelines and any investigation, although meritless, would show that,” stated Maloney marketing campaign spokeswoman Mia Ehrenberg.
She referred to as the accusation of coercion “a ridiculous smear that’s categorically false and based mostly on nothing however Sumner’s malicious guesswork.”
Due to the Democrats’ redistricting debacle, Maloney and Biaggi are working in a court-drawn seventeenth CD within the suburbs and Hudson Valley north of New York Metropolis.
As a substitute of going through off in opposition to Maloney or Rep. Jamaal Bowman, suburban Rep. Mondaire Jones determined to relocate and run within the Tenth Congressional District masking decrease Manhattan and brownstone Brooklyn.