August 10, 2018

Times Herald-Record

NEW WINDSOR — Keith Wofford, the Republican and Conservative candidate to be New York’s next attorney general, stopped in New Windsor on Friday to tour the town’s police, ambulance and other government facilities.

Wofford said he wanted to hear firsthand about the challenges faced by first responders on the local level dealing with things like the opioid crisis.

As for his campaign priorities, Wofford said, “We’ve got to deal with the corruption in state government.”

As a lawyer and an outsider with no previous political experience, Wofford said he is the ideal candidate to take on that challenge.

He will face one of several Democrats vying to run for the job, including Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

But, Wofford said, “All the (Democratic) candidates are too far to the left for mainstream voters in New York state.”

And, he added, they will not deal with the state’s corruption because they are part of the political machine.

As an example of state corruption, Wofford pointed to several recent convictions for bid-rigging in the Buffalo Billion economic development project in western New York.

Wofford, who’s originally from Buffalo, said ending corruption will ensure state funding is spent to benefit ordinary citizens.

“I come from a working-class family,” he said. “When I was a kid, government was better at spending its money.”