Frustrated by Check Scandal, Mrazek Quits Senate Race in New York
WASHINGTON (AP) _ New York Democratic Rep. Robert Mrazek abandoned his Senate campaign Thursday, saying the House check scandal destroyed his ability to address ″real″ issues.
Mrazek’s withdrawal from the Democratic primary race had been expected, even though he recently said he would continue running to clear his name. On April 1, the House ethics committee reported that Mrazek overdrew his account 920 times and was second only to former Rep. Tommy Robinson of Arkansas, with 996 bad checks.
″After discussions with my supporters throughout the state of New York, I have concluded that in the current political environment, I will encounter great difficulty in talking about the real issues which matter to the people of New York,″ Mrazek said in a statement issued by his campaign.
″I look forward to making a contribution to public life in many different ways in the years ahead.″
He said later in an interview, ″I fully recognize that my race was a longshot candidacy to begin with. It required a perfect configuration of the moon and the stars to win and it didn’t allow for setbacks.″
The remaining Democratic challengers for the Senate seat held by Republican Alfonse D’Amato include former vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro, state Attorney General Robert Abrams, New York City Comptroller Liz Holtzman and the Rev. Al Sharpton.