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Thursday, July 23, 2009




It’s only been hours since Republicans nominated New York Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava to be their candidate in the upcoming special election to replace Congressman John McHugh and already there is a flurry of questions surrounding her sketchy past.

The facts are clear: Dede Scozzafava spent years touting her leadership role at Seaway Capital Partners, claiming that she was both the Vice President of the company and the Chief Operating Officer. But now, after the company has come under fire for having close to $200,000 in unpaid state and federal tax liens, Dede is singing an entirely different tune. Her attempt to distance herself from the company after spending years bragging about her leadership role is blatantly disingenuous at best, and voters deserve answers.

“The facts are quite clear – either Dede Scozzafava spent years overstating her role in the company’s operations or she’s not being honest right now,” said June O’Neill, Chairwoman of the New York State Democratic Party. “Either way, she needs to come clean with voters.”


SEC Filing: “Consultant” to WiseBuys Stores [SEC Filing, 10/23/07]

July 2009 Resume: “Vice President of SC Partners Inc., LLC” [Scozzafava Resume, 7/09]

Current Assembly Website: “Dede is the Chief Operating Officer for Seaway Capital Partners.” [Scozzafava Assembly Website as of 7/22/09]

Current Campaign Website: “Dede is the Chief Operationg Officer for Seaway Capital Partners and Corporate Secretary for Wise Buys Stores.” [Scozzafava Campaign Website as of 7/22/09]

Politico Interview: “Scozzafava is listed as the COO of the company's investment arm, though she claims she hasn’t had any direct ties to the company since 2007.” [Politico, 7/22/09]

Politico: “The public company – I’m not an officer, not a director, not an employee. I have nothing to do with the company.” [Politico, 7/22/09]

Watertown Daily Times: “She said Tuesday that she was corporate secretary for WiseBuys, the retail chain owned by Seaway Valley, at one time.” [Watetown Daily Times, 7/22/09]

North Country Public Radio: “In the Politico article, Scozzafava says she has nothing to do with the company, even though she was listed as COO of the company's investment arm.” [NCPR, 7/22/09]

Brother: Scozzafava is “passive investor.” [Watertown Daily Times, 7/23/09]