ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany County District Attorney David Soares is acknowledging a longstanding intimate relationship with a junior female staffer.
The information was released on a local blog Friday night, prompting Soares to confirm the year-long relationship on Saturday. Soares is divorced from his ex-wife, with whom he has two children.
In the statement, he called the relationship a "personal issue" that isn't "appropriate for public debate or discussion." Soares said he believes the revelation was politically-motivated.
In the statement, Soares said in part:
"I find it unfortunate that my personal relationships are the subject of political fodder less than 24 hours after the announcement of my political opponent."
“This is clearly a political effort to malign my reputation for the simple reason that my record as Albany County District Attorney is one that I am proud of,” said Soares.
Soares has not officially announced that he will seek a third term, but sources familiar with his thinking tell us he intends to run.
Just days ago, Lee Kindlon, the son of prominent local attorney Terence Kindlon, announced he would challenge Soares.