Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland, one of the republican primary senatorial candidates for New York State, has temporarily suspended her campaign activities. Mrs. McFarland offered the following statement:
“This past Saturday, my 16-year-old daughter, Camilla, was caught shoplifting from two stores in Suffolk County,” McFarland said in a statement. “She was arrested, arraigned and charged with two counts each of petty theft and possession of stolen goods. She is fully cooperating with authorities and will not contest the charges.”
“My husband, Alan, and I are deeply alarmed by this incident and will be spending every waking hour in the coming days dealing head-on with the repercussions of her actions. Our children are our first priority, and our youngest child needs our full and immediate attention.”
“I will resume active campaigning only when I am certain that my daughter is OK and getting the help she needs,” McFarland said. “This is an incident we do not take lightly. Our daughter is a bright and wonderful child who we love very much. She has made a serious mistake, and she will deal with the consequences of her actions. No one is above the law.”
Morgan Ortagus, a campaign spokesperson, said Mrs. McFarland was suspending the campaign for a “few days off for tough love.”
This event is the latest in a series of challenges that the McFarland’s campaign has had to face. Fundraising efforts, key state endorsements not secured, and personal family events have had impacts on her campaign.
McFarland has struggled in the race with poor fundraising and a series of embarrassing family controversies. She accused her father of physically and sexually abusing her as a child and has acknowledged abandoning a homosexual brother while he was dying of AIDS in the mid-1990s. Her comments drew strong rebukes from her father and a surviving brother.
Earlier this summer, abuse allegations McFarland leveled against her father became public fodder after excerpts from a 1992 letter she sent him were published by New York magazine. Her father and brother angrily denied the allegations and lashed out at McFarland.
McFarland’s brother, Tom Troia, described her as “evil” in newspaper interviews.
John Spencer’s campaign, (McFarland’s GOP primary challenger), and Hillary Clinton’s campaign have declined to comment on this recent event.