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Letter: Maragos Should Fulfill Campaign Promises Before Seeking Senate Seat

On May 27, newly elected Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos proudly announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate- after less than 5 months in office! Such a disgraceful and cynical abuse of our nation’s electoral process, as well as such a slap-in the face to every citizen who voted for him, should not go unchallenged.

Clearly, campaigning against current Senator Charles Schumer will leave Comptroller Maragos limited time in which to better learn his relatively new job-which we are paying him to do. If he wins, he will undoubtedly have left many of his campaign promises unfulfilled.

Mr. Maragos says that “...paying more taxes for less service is not acceptable.” I say that virtually quitting the job he was just elected to do is “not acceptable.”

Mr. Maragos says “I will put New York...first”, but how can we believe that? Didn’t he tell us in November that he would be putting Nassau County  “first?” He says “As your senator, I will go to Washington to do what is right for the people of New York and not my political career,” even though he would obviously be abandoning the people of Nassau County in order to further his political career.

He said, “I moved quickly to restore fiscal responsibility.” Maybe so, but I’d say he moved almost as quickly to shirk the county duties he sought at great expense.

 Regarding all the fine things he told us he would accomplish during his years (!) as County Comptroller, I don’t want to call Mr. Maragos a liar, but I definitely think his “pants are on fire.”

 Anyone who considers voting for this fickle guy should ask themselves if he might later decide to abandon Washington for Albany, if he decides to run for Governor on a whim- or even desert the Senate for the Presidency.

 Richard Siegelman