Republican Senate challenger Wendy Long says that if Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is truly an advocate for women, she'd support the removal of the Democratic leader of the state Assembly.
The charge from Long comes as a number of New York Republicans are calling on Assembly leader Sheldon Silver to relinquish his post. Silver in June used $103,000 in public money in a secret settlement to end earlier sexual harassment claims by former employees against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez.
Long, speaking at the state Capitol Thursday, accused Gillibrand of not being willing to stand up for women when it's politically inconvenient.
A Gillibrand campaign spokesman said she is outraged by the reports of Lopez' behavior and that she supports a full investigation to uncover all the facts.