The last questioner at Joe Bruno’s press conference earlier today asked if he was stepping down as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors who’ve been investigating him for more than a year.
“Let me just repeat that I’ve never been accused of anything and don’t ever expect to be accused of anything because I haven’t done anything wrong,” he said.
He went to say that he anticipated people speculating on his motives for retiring.
“I said, ‘Very first question is gonna be, Bruno must be dying, or, something is going to happen to him, and that’s why he is making this decision at this time. Or, he thinks he is going to lose.’ Well, none of those things are true, OK?” Bruno said. “None of them. And I’ll just tell you that as straightforwardly as I can.”