Delaware senator defends husband over campaign-related accusations

    State Sen. Bethany Hall-Long (left) said she is frustrated that she and her husband have been pulled into a longstanding feud involving county executive Tom Gordon (right) and his former top deputy

    State Sen. Bethany Hall-Long (left) said she is frustrated that she and her husband have been pulled into a longstanding feud involving county executive Tom Gordon (right) and his former top deputy

    A state senator who is seeking the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor says her husband, a New Castle County housing inspector, did not improperly use confidential public housing records to solicit votes for her during her 2014 re-election campaign.

    Sen. Bethany Hall-Long said Thursday that an internal review by county officials last year cleared her husband, Dana Long, of any wrongdoing.

    Hall-Long also said she is frustrated that she and her husband have been pulled into a longstanding feud involving county executive Tom Gordon and his former top deputy, David Grimaldi.

    In a telephone conversation secretly recorded by Grimaldi last year and first reported on by WDEL-FM, Gordon suggested that he did not want Long fired because he was married to the senator, whom Gordon considered an ally in Dover.

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