Dan Halloran issued a press release condemning his rival Grace Meng for averting some facts regarding her whereabouts on September 11th, 2012. In the communication, Halloran accused Meng of not fully disclosing the fact that she attended a fundraiser thrown for her by Shelly Silver on the most hallowed day of the year.
Halloran’s official communication also urges the full public disclosure of Meng’s finance reports, raising questions about the delay of her personal financial disclosures.
Press Release: Auburndale, N.Y.- At a recent meeting of the Auburndale Improvement Association, 6th District Congressional candidates Dan Halloran and Grace Meng answered questions submitted by the audience. But there was a distinct contrast between their responses.
Both candidates were asked, “Where were you on September 11, 2012 and what was your agenda?” Halloran said, ”I started off in the morning at the 9/11 memorial, as I have every year. After that, I went to several other 9/11 events in the district, including Bayside Hills. It’s a day of remembrance, a day to try to stay as low key as possible.”
Meng, who attended a fundraiser for her campaign on September 11, responded “My office and I attended various vigils that day, the closest of which was Bayside Hills… I also had a lunch with various community and religious leaders that day.” What she failed to tell the good people of Auburndale is that one of those “luncheons” was in fact a fundraiser for her campaign, thrown by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on that day.
Meng’s aversion to disclosing facts is not new. She waited until late September to file the personal financial disclosure that the House Ethics Rules demand to be submitted in May. Meng’s latest self-imposed deadline was last Friday, but she finally filed on the following Tuesday. The public is still waiting to discover the source of the $122,000 she deposited into her own campaign, right before her primary in June.
Meng’s statement that same night that she “chose to be one of those lawyers who don’t make a lot of money” makes her ability to deposit so much cash into her own campaign even more mysterious.
Her campaign owes it to voters to provide a credible explanation of the protracted delay and to make the information available to the public immediately.
Dan Halloran, a lifelong resident of Queens, is running for Congress to fight for our families in Washington, just as he’s done in City Hall. Dan was elected to the City Council in 2009 on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Libertarian lines to represent the Queens neighborhoods of College Point, Auburndale-Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston, and Little Neck