Thursday, December 21, 2006

Fear over scrutiny of Bruno---Republicans worry about what the result will be of the FBI investigation into the business interests of the State Senate


(Photo Courtesty of Tim Roske - AP)



Newsday ERROL A. COCKFIELD JR. AND JOHN MORENO GONZALES

ALBANY -- An FBI investigation of Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno's business interests has set off alarms among Senate Republicans who fear their flagbearer has been wounded as Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer, a tenacious Democrat, prepares to take office.Members of the GOP held out hope Wednesday that Bruno, 77, can withstand the scrutiny of a federal inquiry, but those sentiments were clouded by apprehension, especially at a time when Democratic state Comptroller Alan Hevesi may be hours from indictment."There's a lot of angst about where this is going to go," said one Republican Senate official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"People are wondering whether Bruno can survive and whether he can lead."Capital Business Consultants, the advisory firm Bruno runs out of his Brunswick home, has been under investigation since late spring, but Bruno tried to stay upbeat when he revealed the federal probe late Tuesday. He even wished members of the press corps "Merry Christmas" at the end of a news conference.He returned to business Wednesday, but another Republican Senate source said members are in the dark about the gravity of the investigation and what its full ramifications may be." For the rest click here andy

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