The O’Leary controversy

There is some discussion among Middlesex County Democrats that Jack O'Leary will drop out of the race for State Assembly in the nineteenth district, although the suddenly embattled South Amboy Mayor seems to be standing firm in his desire to remain a candidate. O'Leary has been fighting the political effects of a widely-distributed nine-page anonymous letter that accuses him and members of his family of numerous corrupt acts. O'Leary strongly denies the allegations, but admitted that South Amboy received a subpoena from the state Attorney General's office regarding aspects of his insurance business, according to The Home News' Rick Malwitz.

O'Leary was unopposed for the Democratic nomination after the incumbent, Joseph Vas (D-Perth Amboy), withdrew following his indictment on federal and state corruption charges. If O'Leary does exit the race, look for Democrats to replace him with a Latino.

The O’Leary controversy