BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An updated Federal Elections Commission filing for congressional candidate Carl Paladino no longer lists a convicted sex offender as his assistant treasurer and custodian of records, according to The Buffalo News.
The newspaper first reported Wednesday that Joel Sartori, who was convicted in 2017 of possessing and promoting child pornography, held those titles when Paladino for Congress first submitted its statement of organization in June. That name was wiped from an amended statement submitted on Wednesday.
Paladino's campaign spokesperson told The Buffalo News Sartori is one of over 600 employees who works in the billing department of Ellicott Development, a real estate development company Paladino founded.
“He has no affiliation with Mr. Paladino's campaign for Congress," Vish Burra continued. "He has been removed from the campaign document. Mr. Paladino strongly condemns the atrocity of child pornography."
Paladino is running in a primary against New York State Republican Party Chair Nick Langworthy for the GOP nomination in the 23rd Congressional District. The newly-drawn district includes southern Erie County and the Southern Tier.