Senator Antoine Thompson's Challenger Claims To Have "Smoking Gun"

October 28, 2010 Updated Oct 28, 2010 at 11:29 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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October 28, 2010 Updated Oct 28, 2010 at 11:29 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)

Both candidates for the senate seat in the 60th district: Democrat Antoine Thompson and Republican Mark Grisanti appeared at an event in Buffalo Thursday night, speaking directly to voters.

"In terms of the State of the District Report, I believe it promotes accountability and transparency," said Thompson to a room of more than a dozen attendees.

However, Grisanti claims that since Thompson has been in office, his financial disclosure report lists more than $91,000 in unitemized expenses.

"Some of those, and you have a list, are $5000 on a given day. I don't know about you but if I spend $5000 on something, I would know where it went. I don't know why it's unitemized and has no explanation," said Grisanti.

Thompson's campaign is dismissing Grisanti's accusations, releasing this response,

"We fully anticipate over the next four days these political acts of desperation, and I'm sure the voters of Western New York will see through the right wing extremist tactics of Mark Grisanti, Steve Pigeon, Joel Giambra and senate coup ring master Senator George Maziarz."

Nonetheless, Grisanti is also still insisting Thompson provide proof that he wasn't a part of the AEG gaming scandal outlined in the State Inspector General Report. AEG doled out thousands of dollars to campaigns and in return, received a contract to run video lottery machines at a racetrack in Queens, even though the company was mired in financial troubles and offered the state $100 million less than other bidders. Thompson admitted to receiving $8600 from AEG but claims he didn't know where it came from and promised to return the money.
Grisanti sent a letter to Erie County District Attorney, Frank Sedita, asking him to conduct an investigation into Thompson's quote "mysterious expenditures."