Seneca Nation of Indians presidential candidate Barry E. Snyder Sr. has a simple answer to those questioning his integrity: “I’ll see you in November.”
Late last week, Travis Jimerson, chair of the Official Seneca Party, called out Mr. Snyder to release information on $350,000 that is still unaccounted for in a federal investigation regarding the Seneca Gaming Authority’s 2006 purchase of the Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston. In 2008, federal authorities discovered approximately $900,000 of the multimillion-dollar transaction had been stolen.
If Mr. Snyder doesn’t answer questions about the missing money, Mr. Jimerson has insisted he withdraw from the Seneca presidential race.
“The people of the Seneca Nation deserve answers about where their missing $350,000 went in the golf course land fraud,” said Mr. Jimerson. “The Seneca people deserve answers from a presidential candidate who knows something, a man who tells people he has the honesty and integrity to be the Nation’s leader. Give us honesty and then give us answers.”
During a phone interview Monday, Mr. Snyder said he has no intention of dropping out of the tribe’s presidential race. He admonished Mr. Jimerson’s call to withdraw.
“I don’t think it’s in his realm to make that call and ask me to step out,” Mr. Snyder told the Times Herald. “None of this is up to him. This is all up to the voters.”
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