State Sen. Sue Serino (R-Hyde Park) said she found Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's comments about groping women offensive and will not be endorsing him for president while her opponent, Terry Gipson is trying to tie Serino to Trump.
"As a woman, I found Donald Trump’s vulgar and offensive comments in the 2005 audiotape to be particularly troubling," Serino, who represents the 41st district said. "This type of behavior does not belong in politics, in business or in our society and it most certainly is not representative of my own values."
Gipson, a Democrat who she defeated in 2014, said Serino and the entire state Republican library has supported Trump throughout the campaign.
"Sue Serino and the entire New York State Republican Party have been loud and clear in their support for Donald Trump throughout his consistent vulgar and anti-woman behavior," Gipson said. "Donald Trump’s recent comments and admission of sexual assault is beyond troubling. This is not the kind of representation we need in the White House, or right here in the Hudson Valley.”
Serino said she is not endorsing any candidate for president.
"Quite frankly, like many that I represent, given my deep disappointment in our choices, the only pledge I can make for this election day is that I will be voting and I will continue to encourage others to make their voices heard because each election matter," Serino said. "Regardless of how we may feel about the top of the ticket, it’s critical for our community to get out and vote, and I hope that my record of fighting for our community and delivering results has earned your support.”
Trump's comments were recorded on a hot microphone when he was taping an interview for NBC-TV's"Access Hollywood" in 2005 and released on Friday by the Washington Post. Trump is heard talking about pursuing a married woman and getting away with groping women because he was a celebrity. Trump apologized for the comments, characterizing them as "locker room banter."
Since the recordings, numerous Republican politicians have withdrawn their support of Trump including Ohio Senator Rob Portman, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte and Utah Senator Mike Lee. Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, has said he will no longer campaign for Trump.
Trump, who owns an estate in Bedford, also owns Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Stormville and Trump National Westchester in Briarcliff Manor. The Trump name also adorns Trump Tower At City Center in White Plains, Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, Trump Park Residences in Yorktown and the Donald J. Trump State Park on the Westchester/Putnam border.
The 41st Senate District covers parts of Dutchess and Putnam counties.