Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren held a press conference Thursday to address her husband’s arrest, where she claimed her innocence and said the investigation was politically motivated.
The mayor’s husband, 42-year-old Timothy Granison, was arrested following a search warrant execution last Wednesday night. Thursday he pleaded not guilty to two charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one charge of criminal possession of a firearm.
Rev. Lewis Steward of the United Christian Leadership Ministry, for example, said there were “insidious people” who seek to “devour and seek to end her campaign.”
Mayor Warren’s statement follows. She did not take questions at the end of the press conference.
“Good afternoon and thank you joining for me here . Let’s ask ourselves ‘why?’ Many emotions have gone through my head, starting with confusion, anger, betrayal, and hurt
This past year I’ve faced insurmountable odds: I lost my mom, my mentor, my father figure, faced COVID-19, and civil unrest. It knocked me down, but not out.
I’ve said that this is my Job year, having been baptized at the age of 13, and always relying on my faith to carry me through. I made the tough decisions and choices to beat every obstacle, at times faced with sickness and near death, but God brought me through
That leaves me here today.
“I woke up with my daughter in my arms. She looked up at me and said ‘mommy, this is not your fault. Don’t give up.’ I woke up to the fact that the man I have signed a separation agreement with — many years ago and both of us made a conscious decision in the interest of our child to co-parent together — is accused of committing a crime. I woke up to the fact that some people would do anything to try to break me. I woke up to the fact that the state board of elections would lie and send documents full of untruths.
A document that did not follow the law, sent to the DA. A DA who was eager, and so angry at me for supporting her opponent that she would even make a deal with a convicted criminal to harm me.
I woke up to the fact that the recording allegedly containing evidence relating to my situation , had mysteriously disappeared. Or stopped working. And we are supposed to trust them. I woke up to the fact that in my situation there are many inconsistencies .
I woke up to the fact that people will try anything to break me, but every step of the way, God has guided my path. He showed me the way to repair our police department. He showed me a way to fully fund the Police Accountability Board. He showed me that “greater is He, that is in me than he that is in the world.” He showed me how to overcome, and just when I began to see things a little bit clearer, he also showed me that things are not that different than the 1860s and the 1950s.
So let’s ask ourselves ‘why?’
I find the timing of yesterday’s events, three weeks before early voting starts, to be highly suspicious.
There’s nothing implicating me in these charges announced today, because I’ve done nothing wrong.
I haven’t spoken to Tim since his arrested, and I’m not standing here to defend him. Again, we had a separation agreement that was signed years ago, and we made a conscious decision to co-parent in the best interests of our daughter, to provide her the love and support she deserves.
But we still need to ask ourselves ‘why?
Why would they do this now? Because they saw, what you saw, that momentum was building in our favor in the mayoral race, and that I was going to be found innocent in my election law case, because I did nothing wrong.
Let’s ask ourselves why at the exact time that the police were knocking at my door, the New York Times, all the way from Manhattan, were sending me an email asking me about this.
Finally, we need to ask ourselves, if this is not about politics, why is Tim’s next court date June 21 — the day before primary day. Now, that’s quite the coincidence.
Now, when you figure out those answers to those questions, come find me, because I’ll be working.”