The Shirley Huntley search continues in the 10th Senate District, as the senator has purportedly been making stops at different polling stations around Rochdale and Richmond Hill, yet somehow continues to elude me. However, one member of the Huntley camp, Huntley’s daughter, Pamela Corley, inadvertently confirmed Sen. Huntley’s media boycott.
I was interviewing Huntley campaign volunteers outside P.S. 30, asking if the senator was indeed planning to have an election night party (turns out she is, on 137th Avenue and Guy Brewer Boulevard tonight at 8 p.m.), when Corley rolled up in a grey SUV with Huntley posters plastered all over it and megaphones blasting campaign messages from the senator. She called the campaign volunteer over to her passenger side window and had a discreet conversation before driving away, shouting, “And remember, don’t talk to the press!”
The volunteer, a friendly young woman who had been candid and more than willing to talk to me before Corley arrived, shrugged her shoulders and told me she could no longer discuss anything related to the campaign with me.
Corley became embroiled in her mother’s legal troubles when it was discovered that she received $50,700 directly from Huntley’s campaign. She is also under investigation by the Attorney General’s office for allegedly misusing state money in running the nonprofit Parent Information Network.
When I ran into Corley outside of P.S. 80 in Rochdale later in the afternoon, she declined to comment on the record, except to say that she did not know where or when her mother would be voting. She said that Sen. Huntley would make herself available outside of her home in Rochdale this evening.
I will certainly be there, if only to catch a glimpse of the proverbial White Whale of the 10th district.
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