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Cox asks a familiar question

ALBANY -- In today's what-goes-around-comes-around entry, we have the following from the state Republican Party.

The GOP, tasting blood after last week's damaging inspector general report about a scandal involving a number of top Democrats in the bidding for a big downstate casino, is trying to see if Sen. Eric Schneiderman had any involvement in the process. Schneiderman, a Democrat, is running for attorney general, and the top leaders of the Senate Democratic conference were among those held out for the worst of the criticism -- and potential legal problems -- by the inspector general.

And so the state GOP today filed a request from the Senate seeking various records from Schneiderman's office, saying it wants to know "what Schneiderman knew and when he knew it,'' according to Ed Cox, the Republican Party Chairman.

That would be Cox, whose father-in-law was the late Richard Nixon. Recall it was then-Sen. Howard Baker who, nearly 40 years ago, famously asked about the Nixon Watergate scandal: "What did the president know and when did he know it?"

-- Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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