The charges were brought to the Attorney General's office by former employees of Rev. Diaz, Sr., some of whom spoke to the Daily News about their dissapointment at the findings and provided documents to back-up some of the dismissed charges (Diaz has agreed to return $2,360 in public funds that were used to purchase stereo speakers for his campaign van and $1,861 for using funds from the Office of Children and Family Services to decorate an officer).
The Daily News says "The rest of the three dozen allegations have vaporized amid accusations that Spitzer is letting Diaz off the hook because he needs the powerful Latino politico and Pentecostal minister in his campaign to succeed Gov. Pataki."
Hm, with as wide a lead as Spitzer has in the polls and other candidates failing to find any footing, does he really need Diaz? It's a question I have asked before in other political races. Let's hope Spitzer, at the very least, does not take the Reverend's endorsement.
- Like Father, Like Son? (April 20, 2006)
- In Rev. Diaz family saga, just follow the money (April 21, 2006)
- Breakfast with Eliot Spitzer and the Reverend Ruben Diaz, Sr. (April 22, 2006)