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Erie County GOP Wants Holt Out

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – The Erie County Republican Committee is calling for legislator George Holt to step down now that he has admitted to tax fraud.

Holt faces sentencing on MArch 9 for two misdemeanor counts of filing a false tax report. But County Republican Party leaders said this is no small matter. They want Holt to resign.

If he refuses, Republican Committee Chairman Jim Domagalski said Democratic leaders should demand it. Domagalski said Holt violated the law and his duty as a lawmaker.

Domagalski said it is hypocritical for Democratic Party leaders to shield Holt while talking about the growing culture of corruption in Albany and Washington.

Democratic Party Chairman Len Lenihan did not return WBFO's calls Tuesday for comment. Legislature Chairwoman Lynn Marinelli declined to comment on air.

She said this is a private, business matter, not a legislative issue.

Other lawmakers, many of whom were elected on a reform agenda, were also reluctant to comment.

Fifth District lawmaker Kathy Konst said this is a political issue and will not effect how they do business.

Still, Konst said she has received calls from some of her constituents. Ninth District lawmaker Cynthia Locklear said some people in her district are also demanding legislative action.

Locklear said she does not believe they have that power. But she shares constituents' concerns.

Holt also did not return calls Tuesday for comment.

He previously told his colleagues that he is sorry if he offended or let anyone down. But Holt said he plans to remain in his $42,000 a year office and run for another term. It is uncertain if his party or the voters will support him.

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