Cohoes mayor leaves profane voice message about Assemblyman McDonald

June 05, 2019 09:24 AM

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse is in the spotlight again -- this time over a profane voice message he left for the brother of Assemblyman and former Cohoes Mayor John McDonald.

As first reported by the Times Union, Morse called the assemblyman a scumbag in the message.


NewsChannel 13 spoke with Morse, who said this was a private interaction sent on Facebook between him and McDonald’s brother. He said the two were going back and forth on many things and the voice message was the end result of it.

"Your family has been taking personal attacks against me from day one. Your brother's a liar,” said Morse in the message. “He's nothing but a liar. He's a scumbag. Calls himself a statesman. He's a piece of s**t and I don't care if you publicize this or not because the truth is I'm going to the office I'm going to pull it off the files."

Morse is referring to an email he says McDonald sent back when he was mayor in 2000. McDonald said he wrote an email about cutting back on overtime for firefighters, but says the document Morse is alluding to seems fabricated.

“He met with me a year ago and wanted me to get rid of the email. So don't go there,” said Morse in the message. “Because your righteousness and your whole righteous McDonald family, it's okay for you to lie and do all your bulls**t. I don't really give a f**k what you think.”

Morse said this was a heated exchange on both sides and it was meant to be a private conversation.

This comes as Morse is set to go to trial in July. He’s facing felony charges and is accused of using campaign contributions for personal expenses.

McDonald said he didn’t want to comment on the voice message because this is just another embarrassing black eye for the City of Cohoes.

McDonald said he has not endorsed anyone in this upcoming Democratic primary race for mayor.


Emily De Vito

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