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Molinaro Pushes Cuomo For Debate

Republican gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement on Sunday to debate him or withdraw from the race.

Cuomo, who holds a massive fundraising advantage over Molinaro and a firm lead in public polls, is unlikely to drop his bid for a third term.

Molinaro in the statement pointed to the investigation into potential straw donors by employees of a health care firm, Crystal Run.

“Instead of a bus tour, we need a truth tour,” Molinaro said. “The Governor should agree to stand before the voters across the state and explain how to remedy the stench of corruption that has engulfed his administration in a series of one on one debates, but he won’t because he is simply out of lies.”

Cuomo’s campaign in turn said Molinaro’s campaign is trying to distract from the state Republican Committee’s headquarters hosting the founder of a far-right organization known as The Proud Boys, which has been described as a hate group. Clashes between members of the group and counter demonstrators erupted in New York City over the weekend.

“This press release, like Trump mini-me Marc Molinaro’s candidacy, is a flailing sideshow,” said spokeswoman Lis Smith. ‘The NY GOP invited an alt-right hate group to their headquarters in Manhattan — we’ll leave it at that while New Yorkers wait for an explanation and an apology.”

Cuomo Says Proud Boys Invitation Was A GOP Tactic

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday condemned the violence following an appearance of the founder of a far-right group in New York City, calling the event a “tactic” of New York Republicans to gin up the base ahead of next month’s general election.

Cuomo in a conference call said he was directing the State Police to assist in he investigation of the clash that followed the appearance of Gavin McInnes this weekend.

The event by McInnes was preceded by vandalism at the Metropolitan Club, the headquarters of the state Republican Party, where he was scheduled to speak.

“Why would the Republican Party invite the Proud Boys who are known to be a hate group, who are known to incite violence?” Cuomo said. “It’s a political tactic because what they’re trying to do is fire up their base.”

He added, referring to the state Republican Chairman, “Are you a proud boy, Mr. Cox?”

Republicans on Friday, including gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro, had called on Cuomo to condemn the vandalism at the clubhouse, which included graffiti and glue in locks.

But the event also led to clashes between members of the group and counter protesters, which also included homophobic slurs.

In a statement, Molinaro spokeswoman Katy Delgado pointed to an investigation surrounding a health care company’s donations to Cuomo’s re-election campaign.

“Andrew Cuomo’s favorite political tactic is to distract New Yorkers from his corrupt administration and today’s headlines about his blatantly illegal dealings with Crystal Run,” she said.

The Proud Boys is a self-described “western chauvinist” group that has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Cuomo said the actions against the clubhouse should be investigated, but also questioned why the group was invited in the first place.

“I think the Republican Party hurts themselves, hurts this state, hurts Republican individuals by inviting a group like this,” he said. “I work with Republicans. These are not Proud Boy people. Any decent New Yorker, any decent American would be embarrassed by any association. They preach violence. They preach anti-equality.”

Updated: In a statement, Republican Chairman Ed Cox called Cuomo a “political coward” who should have issued a stronger condemnation against the vandalism against the building.

“Now, he’s shamelessly trying to capitalize on a scuffle that occurred almost 24 hours later on the streets on Manhattan,” he said.

“A real leader would call for calm. He would work with the NYPD to protect a near- century-old club from further attacks, but that’s not Andrew Cuomo. He is all about himself and all about politics. What shame. New York desperately needs a leader right now, and it simply doesn’t have one. This governor has utterly failed his state. Shame on him.”

Cuomo Predicts Record Turnout In November

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a radio interview on Sunday predicted voters will turn out in record numbers next month to reject President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Cuomo also said the turnout would not just be among liberals, but moderate voters who are uncomfortable with the rising partisanship and demonization of immigrants.

“This is a cancer for this country, because we are all about differences,” Cuomo said on the AM970 The Answer radio show of John Catsimatidis, a businessman and campaign donor. “Once you start to point out differences, you release a cancer into the body politics you can’t control.”

Cuomo has in recent weeks pointed to what he calls a “red, white and blue wave” coming in the general election he expects will be a rebuke to Trump’s policies, as well as a re-affirmation to his own accomplishments while office over the last two terms.

“It’s part of that, but it’s a red, white and blue wave,” he said. “I think a lot of the politics that are going on are offensive to everyone.”

Speaking of Trump’s administration, he added, “A lot of these policies are anti-American.”

Cuomo last month was victorious in his own Democratic primary against Cynthia Nixon, an actress and education activist. Cuomo said there was a “Twitter echo” during that primary that obscured the majority of voters who support him.

“I think they’ve made more of it than there is,” Cuomo said. “I think there’s a twitter echo, they talk to each other all day. They blog to each other all day.”

He added voters “didn’t need an explanation” as to why he should receive another term.

“These are real life issues. It’s beyond the normal politics,” he said. “This is real life for people. They know what I did. They know what I’ve accomplished. They know I’ve changed their lives. That’s why they came out in the primary.”

NY-27: McMurray Releases TV Spot

Democratic congressional candidate Nate McMurray on Friday released his first TV ad of his campaign to unseat Rep. Chris Collins in the 27th House district.

The spot is a relatively straightforward one. Called “America” the commercial features people reciting the lyrics to “America The Beautiful” and McMurray saying he would be “honored to have your vote.”

“I’ve visited every corner of this district and I’ll tell you what I hear: voters are tired of name calling and corruption and they’re embarrassed by the ads they see on tv. I’m proud of this region, I’m proud to know the people here and I’m proud that I’ve been able to gain their trust. Today, I’m especially proud to release this ad that celebrates who we are in Western New York and who we are as Americans,” said McMurray.

“I say often that there couldn’t be a clearer contrast in this race between myself and Mr. Collins. Not only in our actions but in the way we’re running this race. I think you’ll see that difference again in our ads.”

McMurray’s race was initially considered an after thought given the western New York district is a deeply Republican one. But Collins was indicted in August on insider trading charges and is forging ahead with his re-election bid. He is expected to go to trial in 2020.

Vandals Trash GOP Headquarters Ahead Of Proud Boys Founder’s Appearance

The Metropolitan Republican Club was vandalized on Thursday ahead of a scheduled appearance by a controversial speaker.

Photos show vandals spray painted the anarchy symbol on the door and put glue in the locks.

The vandalism occurred in apparent response to the planned appearance by Gavin McInnes, the founder of the self-described “western chauvinist” group The Proud Boys, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has described as a hate group.

The vandals left a note at the scene calling McInnes a “hipster-fascist clown.”

“This type of political violence and rank vandalism is unacceptable, and I call on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to condemn this attack immediately and call for calm on the political left,” said Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro. “We are one nation and one state. We must not revert to violence under any circumstances.”

State Democratic Committee Executive Director Geoff Berman in a statement condemned the vandalism, but also blasted the rhetoric of both Molinaro and state GOP Chairman Ed Cox.

“New York Democrats have zero tolerance for violence in our political system and condemn this latest act of vandalism,” Berman said. “This type of divisiveness is repugnant to everything we believe as New Yorkers. That being said, Ed Cox and Marc Molinaro’s rhetoric on this is wildly inappropriate. We need less hate and division – not more.”

Bellone To Rally With Gershon

gershonSuffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on Saturday will rally with Democratic congressional candidate Perry Gershon.

Gershon is running for the eastern Long Island House seat held by Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin, who is seeking a third term.

Also scheduled to appear at the rally is California Rep. Eric Swalwell.

More details here.

Republicans Fault May For ‘Palling Around’ With Biaggi

IMG_3958Rachel May and Alessandra Biaggi are state Senate candidates from different areas of the state, both ran insurgent primary campaign against former members of the Independent Democratic Conference.

But Senate Republicans say the similarities don’t stop there. Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif in a statement pointed to Biaggi’s appearance in a mailer for May.

May is running for a central New York district after defeating Sen. David Valesky in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary. She faces Janet Berl Burman in the November general election after Valesky signaled he would not actively campaign for the minor party ballot lines he is on.

Biaggi was victorious in her primary over Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein.

“Instead of working to represent hardworking Central New Yorkers, Rachel May is happiest when she is palling around with radical New York City politicians, who like her want to raise taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars to enact government run healthcare out of Albany, give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants, and allow non-doctors to perform abortions right up until the moment of birth,” Reif said. “Rachel May’s agenda is extreme, it’s out-of-touch, and it doesn’t reflect the centrist values of the 53rd Senate District.”

Senate Democrats in response called the criticism “a desperate attack.”

“This desperate attack by the failing Senate Republicans is a new low,” said Democratic Senate spokesman Gary Ginsburg. “Janet Berl Burman is backed by the downstate-led GOP conference that fought to keep convicted felon Dean Skelos as leader and is still led by his hand-picked successor John Flanagan. Central New York voters want independent leadership, and that is why they support Rachel May.”

NY-2: Schumer Endorses Grechen Shirley

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Friday endorsed Democratic House candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley in her campaign to unseat Republican Rep. Peter King on Long Island.

“Liuba Grechen Shirley is the champion for working families that Long Island needs in Congress,” said Schumer, the minority leader in the U.S. Senate.

“As an economic development expert and mother of two, she has dedicated her career to women’s economic advancement and community development. Liuba will be a check on Donald Trump’s extremist policies that are hurting New York families, especially his tax policy which hammers Long Island homeowners by eliminating the state and local tax deduction. I’m proud to endorse Liuba Grechen Shirley and look forward to working with in Congress next year to advance affordable health care, good jobs and so much more.”

Grechen Shirley, who has outraised previous Democrats running against King, won an upset Democratic primary in June.

“Senator Schumer has spent decades fighting tirelessly for New Yorkers in the Senate, and I’m honored to have his support,” she said. “From his work to provide affordable, quality healthcare for all New Yorkers to his leadership fighting the Republican tax bill, Senator Schumer has championed working families since day one. At a time when Donald Trump’s extremist agenda threatens Long Islanders more than ever, we need strong leaders like Senator Schumer in Washington, DC—and I’m deeply honored to receive the Senator’s support as we work to flip NY-2.”

Cuomo, Lowey Fundraising For Harckham

cuomoharckhamGov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey will headline a fundraiser on Oct. 21 for Democratic state Senate candidate Peter Harckham.

Tickets to the event to be held at a private home range from $350 to $2,500, according to the invitation.

Harckham, a Westchester County legislator, is running to unseat Republican Sen. Terrence Murphy.

Cuomo this year is under taking a targeted effort to help flip control of the narrowly divided state Senate to the Democratic conference..

NY-19: Delgado Touts Labor Nods

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado has been endorsed by nearly two dozen labor unions in his bid to unseat Republican Rep. John Faso in the hotly contested 19th congressional district.

Delgado’s endorsements include nods from prominent labor unions like 1199SEIU, SEIU32BJ, New York State United Teachers and the state Nurses Association as well as the Communications Workers of America.

“The future of healthcare and of workers rights is at stake, and that’s why CSEA is proud to join with unions across the state to endorse Antonio Delgado to represent New York’s 19th Congressional District,” said Billy Riccaldo, CSEA Southern Region President.

“He understands how hard our workers fight to be heard, to bargain, to get fair benefits, and still they are faced with stagnating wages and widening income inequality. We know that when in Congress, Antonio will fight for the hard working people of upstate New York.”

Delgado is running for the Hudson Valley seat held by Faso, who was elected two years ago.

The district is considered a top-tier battleground race this fall.

“There is so much at stake in this November’s elections,” said Tara Martin, the state political director of New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA). “The future of healthcare and taxes and even the middle class hangs in the balance and that’s why NYSNA is proud to endorse Antonio Delgado for Congress in the 19th district, representing parts of the Hudson Valley and Catskill region.”