A reader who lives in the 37th SD where Assemblyman George Latimer and Bob Cohen are locked in an increasingly nasty battle for retiring Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer’s seat sent this mailer, which was sent out recently on Cohen’s behalf by the state GOP.

As you can see, the creators of this mailer have taken some liberties with the Democratic assemblyman’s face, Photoshopping it onto the body of a Revolutionary War-era soldier clad in a Redcoat with the headline: “Meet the Benedcit Arnold of Westchester County Property Taxes: George Latimer.”

Latimer voted “no” on the two percent proprty tax cap championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo – a fact the Cohen campaign has been pushing hard throughout this race, especially since Westchester County residents pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation.

The assemblyman has tried to muddy the waters on his vote, sending out a mailer earlier this year that claimed he “favors a tax cap and relief from state mandates.”

A Siena poll released early this month found Latimer with a slim three percentage poit lead over Cohen, despite the fact that he Senate Republicans and their allies had already spent about $1 million to assist him. We’re hoping to see one more Siena poll of this race before the Nov. 6 election, since it could prove critical in the battle for control of the majority.

UPDATE: Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy sent this comment:

“People who own glass slums shouldn’t throw stones. Slumlord Bob Cohen should stop distorting George Latimer’s record as a proven tax cutter. George Latimer is the only candidate in this race that has actually lowered taxes for Westchester residents and has a plan to continue to lower taxes.”

UPDATE2: In the interest of historical accuracy, which was probably not high on the list of concerns of whoever designed this mailer, I offer this comment from a reader:

“(Benedict Arnold) was a spy so it’s unlikely he ever wore a red coat as depicted in the mailer.”

For those who need a refresher on the Benedict Arnold story, click here.

UPDATE3: And one more reader weighs in:

“(The) determination that it was ‘unlikely Arnold wore a redcoat is absolutely incorrect.’ Arnold was commissioned a Brigadier General and fought for the British side after escaping. The article you link to even notes this:’“Arnold, the former American patriot, fled to the enemy side and went on to lead British troops in Virginia and Connecticut.’”

“As a leader of British troops he would have had to wear the British Redcoat uniform – so that mailer is entirely historically accurate. The reader who emailed you, is not.”

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