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Republican Challengers Try to Tie Democratic Incumbents to Moreland

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The fallout from the controversy surrounding the Moreland Commission isn't just touching Governor Andrew Cuomo. Republicans on the November ballot this year are all trying to knock Democratic incumbents tied to the mess.

"We have a right to know as New Yorkers exactly what this governor knew, what he's hiding and the attorney general needs to speak on this, too," said Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman deputized the commission members last year as a way of boosting their investigatory powers. Schneiderman spoke for the first time Friday about the growing scandal since The New York Times reported on the governor's involvement in the commission, but had little to say.

"We're cooperating with the ongoing investigation. I'm not going to comment on any investigatory activites by my office or any other office," said Schneiderman, D-New York.

Schneiderman's Republican opponent, John Cahill, said the attorney general should have been proactive in calling attention to any gubernatorial interference.

In the comptroller's race, Republican Bob Antonacci says incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli should have been more active policing corruption in the state.

"If I was a state comptroller, we wouldn't have needed a Moreland Commission because I would have been on top of the corruption. I would have been investigating per diems and the reimbursements and the campaign acconuts. I would have been doing my own tie back to the state contracts. That's something that can be done at any time," Antonacci said.

DiNapoli shrugs off the criticism, but said he too isn't commenting, citing U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's investigation.

"It's the beginning of the silly season so everyone is going to seize on everything. My view is a very simple one: The U.S. Attorney's has an examination that's going on right now. Let's all let Preet Bharara do his job," said Comptroller DiNapoli, D-New York.

After Bharara's office warned against coaching potential witnesses, Cuomo said he's no longer commenting on the matter.

Meanwhile, the governor's campaign account will pay for an attorney to represent his office in the Moreland Commission investigation.

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