State Sen. Shirley Huntley is apparently keeping a low profile on primary day, having yet to reveal her campaign schedule for the day and keeping under wraps the details of any post-election gathering this evening.
When reached early this morning, Adrienne Felton, a spokesperson for Sen. Huntley, said that Ms. Huntley was addressing a group of school children at the moment and did not know when the senator would be casting her ballot.
The Daily News later reported that Huntley emerged from her home in Rochdale at around 8:30 a.m. with an entourage of family members in tow and said that she doesn’t plan on voting until later in the day, “when it’s busy.”
Huntley is facing a tough re-election challenge from Councilman James Sanders—who voted bright and early this morning in Rockaway. When asked about Huntley’s lack of accessibility, Sanders opined that the Huntley camp was adopting a “bunker mindset” due to the ongoing investigation into the improper use of pork-barrel grants by Huntley and charges that she ran a fraudulent charity on taxpayer dollars.
With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Sanders, a former Marine, expanded on his military analogy.
“[The Huntley campaign] is circling the wagons to protect themselves against nuclear attack and they’re retreating to what they know best: the secretive mindset, a lack of transparency,” he said. “That’s the stuff that led them to problems to begin with.”
“Maybe they’re not planning a victory party,” he added.
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