Candidate Accused of Domestic Violence Calls for Release of Police Blotter Report

Nov 2, 2006 12:52pm

New York Congressman John Sweeney (R-N.Y.) and his wife now confirm State Police were called to their home last December 2005, but insist a police blotter report circulated to the media describing domestic violence "is a concocted document" circulated by a "hired gun" from their opponent’s campaign. "I give my permission for the State Police to release the real report for all to see," said Mrs. Sweeney in a conference call with local reporters, including ABC News’ affiliate WTEN in Albany. "There was no domestic violence, and, like my wife, I would call on the State Police to release the original report," Congressman Sweeney told reporters yesterday. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Dirty Tricks Alleged in Upstate New York Congressional Race; Campaign Says Document Is Fake Follow the Bouncing Bribe Scandal: Keeping Tabs on the Abramoff Lobbying Investigation Click Here to Ask Brian Ross a Question The Sweeney campaign said both the candidate and his wife filed the appropriate paperwork to authorize release of the official incident report. A spokesman for the New York State Police said the report can be released "if both parties sign a notarized waiver of privacy with instructions drawn out to who gets it and when."    "The evening in question was a very difficult time for our family. Real life has real problems," said Mrs. Sweeney in her first public comment about the incident to reporters. "The pressure of a year-long public scrutiny reached its breaking point, and so had I. I did not need to be protected from John." Calls to the campaign headquarters of Sweeney’s Democratic challenger Kirsten Gillibrand were not returned.

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