Word of Maggie Brooks' endorsement of Lovely Warren spread like wildfire Friday, and one Monroe County Legislator blasted Warren for accepting Brooks' backing.
In an email with the subject line "Disgusting News," Monroe County Legislator Paul Haney held nothing back. Haney sent the email to more than 50 fellow Democrats Friday, and one of them forwarded the email to YNN.
YNN spoke briefly with Haney, who declined an on-camera interview, but said he stands by what he wrote.
It was no doubt a surprise when Republican County Executive Maggie Brooks endorsed the Democratic candidate for Rochester mayor, Lovely Warren. Side by side they stood, with Brooks calling it "a personal statement of support."
After hearing the news, Legislator Haney said he couldn't keep silent. In an email, Haney said for Warren to stand with someone who he claims spent 10 years working to crush the Democrats in the legislature is "disgusting and appalling."
Haney also questioned why Brooks, who he says cut funding for indigent burials and refused to spend adequate money so lower income residents could afford day care, would buddy up with Warren.
The three paragraph attack didn't stop there. Haney's sharp criticism went on to say:
Maggie Brooks, around whom the smell of governmental corruption is so strong that it has attracted the State Attorney General
to create a special Grand Jury that is rumored to be considering the indictment of her husband is now paired with a Democratic candidate?
The smell of this "deal" exceeds anything that the old Emerson Street landfill or the Van Lare Sewerage Treatment plant ever produced.
Democratic Chair Joe Morelle said he was not consulted or made aware of the endorsement prior to the press conference.
Both Brooks and Warren declined to comment on Haney's email. During Friday's press conference, Brooks and Warren said it was about unification and moving forward but Haney says "some God awful deal was made" and said people should be judged by their friends.