02 October, 2006

Hevesi Facing More Scrutiny Over Former Employee's Complaint With EEOC

There are more allegations today about state Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

Daily News political columnist Ben Smith (click on the link a scroll down a litttle) reports on a complaint from a former employee who says he was fired after filing a sexual harassment claim against one of Hevesi's top aides - also a male. According to the column a Hevesi spokesman said the former employee, Alexander McHugh, refused to cooperate with an internal investigation of the matter, which turned up no evidence of sexual harassment.

Hevesi's campaign took a large jolt over recent revelations the state official used a state employee as a driver for his ailing wife.

Meanwhile, two Republican candidates for the state Assembly are planning to hold a news conference to follow the lead of their party's candidate for governor, John Faso, and call on Hevesi to resign. Word of their intentions were reported today by Capitol Confidential.

Hevesi's GOP opponent in his bid for re-election, Christopher Callahan, is getting noticed for the first time by the big-time media. Callahan's campaign was given some ink in yesterday's New York Times. The article's primary point - besides giving a little background on the long-time Saratoga County treasurer - was to underscore how the Hevesi stumble has revived a campaign that was faltering due - once again - to a lack of funds to put Callahan's name out there.


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