Republican Dan Donovan and Democrat Vincent Gentile separately spoke with the press following the 11th Congressional District candidate debate Tuesday night.
Many of the questions for Donovan, the Staten Island District Attorney, focused on domestic violence conviction statistics for his office. During the debate Gentile was critical of what he described as poor results by Donovan’s office. Donovan dismissed that criticism as misguided and proceeded to discuss some of the many challenges inherent in prosecuting domestic violence cases. I asked Donovan about Senate Republican delays on acting on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General. As the current U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Lynch’s area of jurisdiction includes Staten Island. Donovan express unambiguous support for Lynch’s nomination. A final question addressed Sandy recovery issues.
Question topics for Gentile included his criticisms of Donovan on domestic violence prosecutions and, in several iterations, how he would produce any meaningful results in a Republican-dominated House.