Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul is in NYC today for some meet-and-greet events and fundraising with downstate Democrats as the clock ticks down to the NY-26 special election on May 24.

Rep. Caroyln Maloney is hosting a $250-a-head event for the Democratic congressional hopeful at her Upper East Side home tonight. Former Rep./NYC Comptroller Liz Holtzman is scheduled to attend, as are Jill Lafer, Sarah Kovner and Gloria Steinem.

Prior to the fundraiser, Hochul is scheduled to discuss the race with members of the DL21C at the Copia Bar/Lounge. The DL21C Website sums up the NY-26 contest thusly:

The Special Congressional Election is for the open seat created by the resignation of Republican Christopher Lee (the Craig’s List Congressman), and will be held in May. Kathy is a progressive, pro-choice candidate. She is running in a 3-way race against a self-funding Tea Party candidate who will likely split votes with her Republican opponent.

Interestingly, Hochul hasn’t been stressing her progressive, pro-choice positions very much – particularly not in her TV ads, which don’t even mention her political affiliation. That makes sense, considering the GOP enrollment edge in the district.

But the message is different in Democrat-dominated NYC, where the WFP’s Bill Lipton sent an email last night to leaders in the labor-backed party, urging them to attend the DL21C event “at the request of important allies.”

“Kathy, running on the Democratic and Working Families lines, has also received endorsements from Emily’s List and the AFL-CIO.,” Lipton wrote. “The election will be held May 24th, and we need to do everything we can to send another Working Families candidate to Congress!”

UPDATE: Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy sent a response on behalf of the campaign of Hochul’s GOP opponent, Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, that appears after the jump.

” Hochul says one thing in Western New York then goes to hang out with her liberal allies and talks about her progressive big government platform,” Langworthy said.

“It is clear that Kathy Hochul has been bought by liberal special New York City interests and she will say and do anything to get their support. This is another example of how we can’t trust Hochul to represent Western New York values in Congress.”