Republican candidate John Cahill released an ad today that mocks Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s failures to protect women in New York, calling him dangerous and referencing his efforts to garner parole for a convicted rapist.
“Eric Schneiderman’s incompetence and callous conniving are a danger to New York women. Whether it’s signing off on a scheme to use taxpayer dollars to buy the silence of victims of sexual harassment in the Capitol or working to free a convicted rapist, Eric Schneiderman is simply too dangerous to remain as our Attorney General,” said Cahill.
The new ad is titled “Dangerous.”
Watch (transcript below):
Ronald Bower had served about 23 years for what Newsday describes as “a string of sex crimes in Nassau and Queens.” Bower, known as the “Silver Gun Rapist,” was released this past June after completing less than half of his 54-year sentence in connection with gunpoint sex assaults.
The AG’s office made the following argument on Bower’s behalf:
“I urge the Parole Board to grant Mr. Bower parole at it’s earliest convenience.”
The same man who made that claim on behalf of Schneiderman’s office later resigned.
The “Silver Gun Rapist” who sexually attacked a dozen women two decades ago has been paroled from prison — but not before igniting a controversy that prompted a top official in the state Attorney General’s office to quit.
Ronald Bower was freed June 12 after serving 23 years of a 54-year sentence in connection with gunpoint sex assaults in Queens and Nassau County.
The Parole Board said its decision was influenced by the recommendation of Thomas Shellhammer, then head of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s newly formed Conviction Review Unit.
Shellhammer, on behalf of Schneiderman’s office, urged the Board to release Bower because “it was highly unlikely that he committed the crimes.”
Shortly after swaying the Parole Board’s decision and setting in motion the wheels that led to Bower’s release, Shellhammer’s assessment that Bower was innocent was quickly refuted by Chief Deputy Attorney Harlan Levy, who said any claims of Bower’s innocence “is not supported by the evidence.”
Eric Schneiderman says he will protect New York women.
But you can’t trust Eric Schneiderman.
Hard to believe, he fought to free a convicted rapist and put him back on our streets as a high risk sex offender.
A move the parole board called “shocking” and “very disturbing”.
And after reviewing the case, the Nassau DA’s office rejected Schneiderman’s claims of this rapists innocence because Schneiderman refused to provide any new evidence
Eric Schneiderman: Too Dangerous for New Yorkers