The New York Daily News got ahold of a letter U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, D-Flushing, wrote on behalf of her father, who is facing jail time in a federal bribery scheme.
Meng's father, former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, was arrested last year on charges that he tried to extort $80,000 from defendant in another federal case.
He was found guilty of wire fraud in November.
According to the paper, Meng wrote a letter saying she felt heart-broken after her father's arrest and asked the presiding judget to show leniency.
The initial story broke as Meng was running for Congress in Forest Hills and Flushing and threatened, at times, to torpedo her campaign against Republican Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone.
She did not appear in court during her father's trial, the Daily News wrote.
Jimmy Meng is set to be sentenced on March 12.