Former Married Couple to Compete in NY Assembly Race

Democrat Michelle Schimel says the Republicans are seeking to manipulate a painful and personal family matter

Monday, May 14, 2012  |  Updated 5:50 PM EDT
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Former Married Couple to Compete in NY Assembly Race

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The New York State Capitol

The estranged husband of a New York state assemblywoman has been nominated to challenge her for re-election in November.

Newsday reports Mark Schimel was nominated last week by the Nassau County Republicans to run against incumbent Michelle Schimel.

He could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Democrat Michelle Schimel says the Republicans are seeking to manipulate a painful and personal family matter.

Frank Moroney, a town of North Hempstead GOP leader, says Mark Schimel came to Republican leaders earlier this year expressing his desire to run.

Moroney says the decision to nominate Mark Schimel wasn't done precipitously.

He says the GOP received assurances he will run a dignified and issue-oriented campaign.

The couple has been separated for about a year.

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