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New York Council candidate quits race after falsely claiming he was a Marine

Utica’s Liberty Bell. Photo Wikipedia

The candidate was running for New York’s Utica Common Council when it was revealed that he lied about being a US Marine veteran.


Allen Thayer Sr., a Republican, pulled out of the race after challenging the incumbent while running for Utica’s second district seat. The announcement of Thayer’s running contained information about his past where it was claimed he served in the US Marines, according to WIBX.

Reports are unclear if someone pointed out the falsehood to Thayer or if he came clean on his own.

Thayer officially withdrew his candidacy with a press release in the Utica Observer Dispatch stating in part, “I have embarrassed myself, my family and the City of Utica Republican Party,” Thayer wrote, “and finally I apologize to all veterans that have served our great country.”

The Republican Party Chairman for the City of Utica joined a local radio show to discuss the story.



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