To the Editor:
I have quietly watched and read with dismay the rapidly increasing vitriol with which Republican Mary Rain has attacked incumbent District Attorney Nicole Duve. Ms. Rain seems to have a very selective memory of events, and seems to change the facts to suit her. One example of this stands out and is easily verifiable.
In March of 2011, the St. Lawrence County Legislature stripped Ms. Rain, who at that time was the Public Defender, of “all operational over site duties” of that office. On Sept. 17, 2011 the Watertown Daily Times reported that she was on “paid administrative leave.” She then resigned from her position on Oct. 20, 2011. On that date, the Watertown Daily Times reported “she said the overwhelming workload in the public defender’s office convinced her to leave the county’s employ.”
Almost two years later, Aug. 8, 2013, while at a Central Trade Union meeting, the Watertown Daily Times reported that “Ms. Rian said an overwhelming work load led her to leave the county’s employ” and “the work became too much, and she decided to turn it over to someone younger.” (Well, the reality is that the county legislature, not Ms. Rian, decided to turn it over to someone younger!)
Now, in her own letter to the editor, published in North Country Now on Sept. 26, 2013, Ms. Rain claims “I was never overwhelmed.” Really? Then why claim on numerous occasions over the past two years that you left the Public Defender’s Office because you were overwhelmed? If you believe the job of the Public Defender entailed too much work, then the Office of the District Attorney is not for you.
Nicole Duve has experience, integrity, and an overriding commitment to the people of this county. She is not afraid of hard work. Please support Nicole Duve on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Daniel C. McNamara,
Past chairman, St. Lawrence County Democratic Committee