KT McFarland Suspends Senate Campaign After Daughter's Arrest
By: NY1 News
NY1: KT McFarland Suspends Senate Campaign After Daughter's Arrest
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Less than a month before the Republican primary, Senate hopeful Kathleen "KT" McFarland announced Monday she is temporarily suspending her campaign.
In a statement, McFarland says the decision follows her daughter's shoplifting arrest on Long Island.
McFarland's spokesperson says she is be no means dropping out of the race, just taking time off to deal with the situation with her daughter Camilla, the youngest of McFarland's five children. The 16-year old was arrested on Saturday, allegedly caught shoplifting from two stores in South Hampton.
A law enforcement source says the teen was trying to steal a pair of jeans and two bathing suits from a clothing store and a surf shop.
Camilla McFarland has been charged with two counts each of petty theft and possession of stolen goods, and could face up to two years in jail.
In a statement, McFarland says: "My husband Alan and I are deeply alarmed by this incident and will be spending every waking hour in the coming days dealing head on with the repercussions of her actions. Our children are our first priority, and our youngest child needs our full and immediate attention."
The announcement comes at the height of the campaign season. McFarland, a former Pentagon official during the Reagan administration, faces a primary on September 12 against former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer. The two have been in a nasty battle to win the right to take on Hillary Clinton.
Spencer's campaign would not comment on this development, nor would Clinton's.
McFarland's campaign has been struggling. She's in debt, and embarrassing stories about her personal life have emerged.
McFarland says she'll start campaigning again when she's sure her daughter is getting the help she needs.
The candidate was scheduled to be on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” on Tuesday night, taking phone calls from viewers. Her spokesperson insists McFarland will still make that appearance next week.