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George Latimer, the Democratic candidate for Westchester County Executive, accused Republicans of spreading false rumors about infidelity in his longtime marriage to sink his challenge to incumbent Rob Astorino.
"I understand the GOP is doing everything they can to impugn my reputation because I am a threat to Astorino's re-election," Latimer told Daily Voice. "I am not going to dignify their further rumors and efforts and you shouldn't either. Rob is trolling the depths of the trash to defeat me."
A rumor circulated this week that Latimer, a state Senator and former Westchester County legislator, has been dating a woman from New Rochelle.
Latimer said he and his wife, Robin, are happily married.
Even the Latimers' daily dog walker told Daily Voice there are no signs the popular Rye Democrat has strayed: "I am at George’s house every day to walk his dogs,'' the source told Daily Voice. "There’s no sign that he doesn’t still live there!"
Bill O'Reilly of The November Team, a spokesman for Astorino's campaign, called Latimer's remarks "ridiculous. Pay your taxes, George."
O'Reilly was referring to charges detailed on Tuesday by Astorino that the Latimer family owes more than $48,000 in unpaid property taxes in the City of Rye, including more than $35,000 in school taxes covering a five-year period.
The unpaid taxes were on a second home once occupied by Latimer's mother-in-law who died several years ago, according to earlier media reports. Latimer was quoted as saying the estate is being resolved and the taxes will be paid.
It has not been a positive news week for Latimer: Astorino's campaign also flagged this article published on Monday that reported details about a previously undisclosed injury accident in which Latimer was reported to have collided with another car in July after passing through a red light in New Rochelle.
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