Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan, a Republican candidate for Congress, said he wouldn’t use a private email address for governmental business–but stopped short of knocking Hillary Clinton for corresponding on a private email server while she was secretary of state.
Mr. Donovan, receiving the endorsements of the Captains Endowment Association and Lieutenant Benevolent Association today, said he didn’t know what the federal regulations were for email usage–the White House policy, post-Clinton, is to use only governmental email–and declined to criticize Ms. Clinton, unlike many of his GOP counterparts.
“I don’t know what the federal regulations are. I don’t know what the secretary of state is supposed to do. I don’t know what her agreement is with the president or the administration so I don’t really know,” Mr. Donovan told the Observer on the steps of the Richmond County Courthouse.
A reporter pressed Mr. Donovan on whether he would use a private email address to conduct governmental business if he were in Congress. “No, I wouldn’t. I mean, I use them to talk to my friends but not for business,” Mr. Donovan said.
Ms. Clinton is set to address the email controversy today at the United Nations. The former first lady and New York senator has been under fire since it was revealed she never used a governmental email address when she worked in the Obama administration, potentially shielding countless emails from the public and making herself vulnerable to hackers and cyberterrorists. Ms. Clinton has since said she would make emails from that time public.
National issues are quickly seeping into the special election for the 11th Congressional District, which includes all of Staten Island and a portion of Brooklyn. Mr. Donovan, a relative moderate, has been willing to criticize national Republicans, particularly when the Department of Homeland Security nearly ran out of money last month after conservative Republicans tried to weaken President Obama’s immigration action by attaching amendments to the funding bill.
Mr. Donovan is facing Councilman Vincent Gentile, a Brooklyn Democrat. The special election is set for May 5.