Carolyn Maloney calls reports about her former staffer Kellner 'very serious and troubling'
Assemblyman Micah Kellner, who is running for City Council on Manhattan's East Side, recently lost the endorsement of the councilmember he hopes to replace, after the Times reported that two former staffers complained about inappropriate messages they received from him years ago.
Now, another one of Kellner's most prominent supporters, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, is indicating that she's having second thoughts about him, too.
When I reached out to her office to ask whether she was still supporting Kellner, who has worked for Maloney as a campaign manager and legislative staffer, her spokesperson sent me the following statement:
"I have spent my professional life fighting for greater protection for, and fairer treatment of, women in the workplace. The media reports about Assemblyman Micah Kellner are very serious and troubling. I condemn this highly inappropriate behavior. Assemblyman Kellner has rightly apologized and I hope the Assembly Ethics Committee moves quickly and thoroughly with its review.”
I told the spokesperson the statement didn't directly address whether the congresswoman still supports Kellner. The spokesperson said Maloney had nothing to add.
A Feb. 25 statement about having endorsed Kellner is still up on Maloney's Facebook page.
Previously, Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, who is vacating her Council seat to run for Manhattan borough president, said, "His behavior was clearly wrong and inappropriate," and that she was withdrawing her support "[b]ecause of the serious nature of the issue."
UPDATE: State Senators Jose Serrano and Brad Hoylman withdrew their endorsements of Kellner.