Don’t let a federal corruption trial stand in the way of campaigning for re-election.
That’s the message from Sen. Malcolm Smith, the former president of the state Senate, who asked a federal judge in White Plains today to delay his trial until after this year’s primary—which in heavily Democratic New York City is essentially his re-election bid, the Associated Press reported.
Smith, D-Queens, was charged in April and accused of trying to bribe his way on the Republican ballot line in the New York City mayor’s race.
The case is tied to local officials in Spring Valley, Rockland County, where local officials were accused of selling their votes for a land transfer to a phony development company.
Smith’s attorney said Smith should be able to run for office “unfettered,” the AP said.
The prosecutor said voters would be better served with a verdict before the election.
It’s unclear whether the primaries will be held in June, August or September.