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State GOP Candidates Quick to Point Out Corruption in Democratic Opponents

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Republican candidates for state attorney general and state comptroller wasted little time taking aim at their democratic rivals. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.

Albany is filled with corruption—according to Republicans at the state convention in Rye Brook. They are also arguing that the GOP candidates for statewide office are just the ones to clean it up.

Republican John Cahill, a former top aide to Governor Pataki, is challenging Democratic incumbent Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

"Eric Schneiderman is another aspiring governor. He has built his career looking the other way as his political pals and allies regularly abused the public trust," Cahill said.

Cahill dubbed his opponent quote, "Silent Schneiderman." He and the Republican candidate for state comptroller Robert Antonacci, both brought up the sexual harassment scandal involving former Democratic state Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

They said their Democratic opponents signed off on hush money payouts to the women who accused Lopez of sexual harassment.

"He stands with sexual predators against women," Cahill said.

A spokesman for Schneiderman, Peter Ajemian, said quote: “Attorney General Schneiderman has spent his entire career working to ensure equal justice under the law for all New Yorkers."

Antonacci, the Onodaga County comptroller, did not go after the democratic state comptroller, Tom DiNapoli, nearly as aggressively.

However, he did get in his share of swipes during his convention speech. Antonocci is participating in a pilot public financing program.

DiNapoli, who has fought for public campaign financing, is not.

"If you call for publicly financed campaigns on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, you don't run from it on Friday when you get what what you've asked for," Antonacci said.

The Republicans do not have primary challengers, which means they are going to be spending the next six months going after their Democratic rivals.

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