One of Leslie Crocker Snyder’s likely opponents in the Manhattan District Attorney’s race, Richard Aborn, is seizing on her newly clarified opposition to the death penalty.
“Richard Aborn welcomes Judge Snyder’s conversion – even if it is an election-year conversion – to the cause of ensuring that the death penalty is never again sought by a district attorney in New York State. Administration of the death penalty is contrary to our values as New Yorkers, and has no law enforcement value,” said Aborn campaign spokeswoman Anna Deknatel of the public relations firm BerlinRosen.
In an interview, Snyder said she dropped her support of the death penalty after the 2005 race, citing convictions of criminals in New York City and Westchester that were recently overturned. Snyder also said her support of the death penalty was “distorted” during the 2005 campaign for Manhattan D.A.
During the interview, she and her campaign consultant Michael Tobman had this exchange about where she stood in relation to other New York Democratic elected officials on that issue:
“Sorry to jump in, but your position on the death penalty in ’05 was actually narrower, a narrower applicability, than Eliot Spitzer and Hillary Clinton had,” he said.
“And Schumer, I think, too,” she said, referring to New York’s senior senator who once was Tobman’s boss.
“Well, I’d prefer not to dwell on that. But it was distorted, it was politics. It was a campaign,” he said.