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Indicted NY senator says he'll run anyway

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith may be under indictment, but he says that's not going to stop him from running for re-election.

The Queens Democrat announced this week that he is running for another term this year.

Smith was charged last spring with plotting to bribe Republican Party county chairmen into giving him a spot on New York City's mayoral ballot.

Five other politicians were also charged in the case.

Smith didn't quit the Senate when he was indicted, and he says he's innocent of the charges. A trial date hasn't yet been set.

At least two Democrats have announced an intention to run for his seat.

Smith spokeswoman Ann Marie Costella said the senator will fight to keep his job, based on a "solid record of progressive accomplishments."

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