Kolb denies that he was in any way involved and that the rumors had anything to do with his decision to drop out of his campaign.
New York Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb of Canandaigua is taking on rumors that accusations of misconduct could be a factor in his decision to drop out of the race for governor.
Kolb to the surprise of many ended his candidacy on Friday after announcing the run in December.
The 65-year-old Ontario County native was considered the favorite for the GOP nomination.
Rumors circulated around his campaign as his name was attached to a civil court case 14-years ago where the chamber's former counsel was accused of sexual misconduct by a former female assembly aide.
Kolb denies that he was in any way involved at that the rumors had anything to do with his decision to drop out of his campaign.
In a statement Kolb released Friday he stated:
"It is with a heavy heart that today I am announcing I am ending my campaign for Governor of New York.
As I left my home before dawn this morning, saying goodbye to my incredible wife, I knew that I'd be spending the next week, the week after, and every week for at least the next nine months on the road, away from my loving family. That moment helped put what is truly important in life back into perspective.
The last few months have been an incredible journey, and I am very grateful to so many friends, volunteers, activists, business and community leaders, and donors for their support. It has been humbling to have the support of so many Republican County Chairs and State Committee people from all across our state.
I will continue to serve the people of New York as Assembly Leader and look forward to continuing to fight for lower taxes, good jobs for New York families, and an end to the corruption in the Cuomo administration."