It’s enough to spoil a campaign ad debut.
The Nassau County police union filed a federal lawsuit against Tom Suozzi today, claiming “misconduct and abuse of authority” and seeking cash damages. It’s the latest chapter of their running war over issues including compensation for members of union leadership (this being the other side of the balanced budget he touts).
The suit could seems aimed at doing maximum political damage to Suozzi because of the claims it makes about mixing politics and government. The police union leaders allege that he linked union leaders’ off-duty payment with their endorsing him — and then retailed against them when they opposed him for reelection.
Here’s an excerpt from the plaintiffs’ filing (.pdf), which details meetings and conversations between Suozzi and the cops: