A new wrinkle developed in the Attorney General race today that could perhaps even the playing field for the Republicans. Not long ago, the New Yorker reports that Schneiderman, who has embraced the #MeToo movement and is suing disgraced former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct by multiple woman, faces some accusations of his own.
Ronan Farrow, the same reporter who contributed to Weinstein's demise, writes that four women say Schneiderman subjected them to nonconsensual physical violence. Two of the women spoke on the record and said the attorney general repeatedly hit them, often after drinking, frequently in bed and never with their consent. One said he threatened to tap her phones, and both say he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him.
A Schneiderman spokesperson told the New Yorker the A.G. "never made any of these threats," but in a statement, the Attorney General admitted to "role playing and other consenual sexual activity during intimate relationships." He insists he never engaged in nonconsensual sex, calling that a line he "would not cross." This story will no doubt develop quite a bit further. But it broke before we spoke with Alicandro, who was in Albany to announce his campaign earlier today.
Manny Alicandro is positioning himself as the Republican challenger to unseat Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the incumbent Democrat, come November.
A Manhattan-based corporate attorney, this is Alicandro's first time seeking public office.
He plans on targeting government corruption and champions ethics reform.