Mob payoff allegations emerge against ex-Yonkers mayor in U.S. Senate race

The mudslinging in the U.S. Senate race continues Monday with allegations of mob payoffs being directed towards former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer. Kathleen Troia "K.T." McFarland is battling Spencer

News 12 Staff

May 22, 2006, 11:12 PM

Updated 6,599 days ago

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The mudslinging in the U.S. Senate race continues Monday with allegations of mob payoffs being directed towards former Yonkers Mayor John Spencer.
Kathleen Troia "K.T." McFarland is battling Spencer for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. McFarland had pledged to run a positive campaign, but leading up to next week's GOP Convention, her staff has been churning out attacks on Spencer. The McFarland campaign has already drawn attention to Spencer's extra-marital affair with his former chief of staff and to his joking threat against the governor eight years ago. Now, McFarland claims Spencer received payoffs from the Gambino crime family.
Spencer says the latest accusation is a desperate move by a struggling campaign. But McFarland's spokesperson says people's names are not just thrown around in secretly recorded FBI conversations. The McFarland campaign is hoping the negative publicity makes the GOP think twice.
Whoever gets the GOP nomination will square off against Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY).
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