From: Charles E. Rice, Professor Emeritus,
Dear Mr. Likoudis:
You asked my opinion about Kathleen Rice’s email statement for Labor Day. Kathleen, as you know, is my niece. She is the District Attorney of Nassau County and is running for New York Attorney General in the Democratic primary. Her Labor Day statement said in relevant part:
“I’m the granddaughter of an Irish immigrant who came to our country alone as a teenager with $20 in his pocket. He built a business as a bricklayer and through hard work and advancing labor protections, it became possible for him to prosper and for our family to grow. Generations later, I work hard to honor his sacrifice….I am running for attorney general to honor my grandfather….”
My wife, Mary, and I have a close relationship with Kathleen. We disagree with her advocacy of the “pro-choice” position on abortion, her enthusiastic acceptance of support from Planned Parenthood and similar groups and her strong advocacy of the legalization of same-sex marriage, including her promise to sue to invalidate the federal Defense of Marriage Act. We have discussed, amicably, our disagreements, with Kathleen. Despite those disagreements, Kathleen has our love, respect and prayers for her change of heart and mind on these issues.
I no longer live in
Maybe campaign rhetoric doesn’t mean anything. But I must object publicly to such a hijacking of the name and reputation of my father.
Charles E. Rice