By MICHAEL GORMLEY
.c The Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - One of Sen. Hillary Clinton's Republican rivals suspended her campaign ``until further notice'' Monday following her teenage daughter's arrest on a shoplifting charge.
Kathleen Troia ``KT'' McFarland, who has been in a bitter primary fight against former Yonkers mayor John Spencer, has canceled her upcoming events with barely three weeks left before the Sept. 12 election, her spokesman William O'Reilly said.
``This past Saturday, my 16-year-old daughter, Camilla, was caught shoplifting from two stores in Suffolk County,'' McFarland said in a statement. Her daughter will not contest the charges, two counts each of petty theft and possession of stolen goods, McFarland said.
Further details on the arrest were not immediately available.
``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,'' she said. ``I will resume active campaigning only when I am certain that my daughter is OK and getting the help she needs.''
McFarland said Camilla is ``a bright and wonderful child'' who ``has made a serious mistake.''
``No one is above the law,'' she added.
A top aide to McFarland said the race would go on. ``It's certainly not the end of the campaign,'' Ed Rollins said. ``We'll get the campaign functioning in a few days. ... This is a personal tragedy.''
McFarland, a former Pentagon official under President Reagan, and Spencer, the party's designee, both trail Clinton substantially in polls and fundraising.
Spencer did not immediately respond to a phone call Monday seeking comment.
So much for republican family values