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SD-43: Gibson Endorses Jordan In TV Spot

Former Rep. Chris Gibson in a TV ad released Friday endorsed Republican state Senate candidate Daphne Jordan for a Capital Region-area district.

“These are folks you can really count on,” Gibson said in the ad. “They get up every morning and they give everything they have and they believe in this country. This is why I’m proud of Daphne Jordan. I believe she represents those values.”

Gibson represented a portion of the Senate district while in Congress. He retired in 2016 and is chairman of Republican Marc Molinaro’s gubernatorial campaign.

The commercial comes as Jordan is competing against Democratic candidate Aaron Gladd for the district being vacated by Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione.

Super PAC Ad In NY-22 Warns Against ‘Liberal Mob’

A super PAC aligned with the House Republican leadership is airing a radio ad in 10 congressional districts, including the hotly contested 22nd district in the Mohawk Valley, that warns of a “liberal mob.”

The radio ad from the Congressional Leadership Fund blasts Democrats over the allegations of sexual assault made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

“The liberal mob pushing their extreme views,” the ad’s script says. “Trying to hijack our democracy and steal seats on the United States Supreme Court. Despicable lies. Disgusting character assassination.”

The ad airing in the 22nd House district comes as Rep. Claudia Tenney is seeking a second term in a competitive and costly race against Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi.

“Democrats have been very clear that if they win back the House, Speaker Pelosi’s first order of business would be to impeach President Trump and Justice Kavanaugh,” said Courtney Alexander, CLF Communications Director. “The stakes couldn’t be higher, and Republicans must turn out to vote to stop Pelosi’s liberal agenda.”

Brindisi has said he will not support Pelosi for speaker should Democrats win control of the House of Representatives.

SD-8: Cuomo Releases Ad Boosting Brooks Re-Election

The state Democratic Committee on Wednesday released a digital ad boosting the re-election of incumbent Democratic Sen. John Brooks alongside Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The ad is part of a targeted $2 million effort backed by the Cuomo-controlled state committee in effort to flip the Senate to Democratic control.

Brooks, seeking a second term to what has been a Republican district, is considered a potential pickup for Republicans in an otherwise competitive election year for the GOP.

“This election, with Washington Republicans relentlessly attacking New Yorkers’ rights and values, everything is at stake,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“That’s why it’s critical we fight to elect proven leader John Brooks to the State Senate to continue protecting the progress New York has achieved. This November is not about red and blue, it’s black and white and we need a Democratic Senate and John Brooks in Albany to protect Long Island values.”

Brooks faces Republican Jeff Pravato in November.

Conservative Party Links Molinaro To Trump

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro has struggled to distance himself throughout his uphill statewide campaign from President Donald Trump, who is not terribly popular in his Democrat-dominated home state.

Right from the get-go, Molinaro repeatedly noted that he didn’t even vote for the controversial presidential candidate back in 2016, instead writing in the name of former Rep. Chris Gibson, a self-professed political pragmatist who once considered – and then rejected – a run for governor himself.

But Molinaro’s efforts to cast himself as a fair-minded fiscal conservative with middle-of-the-road social views, unlike Trump, have been stymied by his Democratic opponent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is relishing running against the president and linking him to the Dutchess County executive at every available opportunity – even going so far as to cast Molinaro as a “Trump mini-me.”

There are, however, a group of New York voters for whom Trump is not the enemy, but rather a hero. And these voters, many of them members of the state Conservative Party, need to turn out for Molinaro in next month’s general election if he is to have any hope of not losing in a landslide to the governor, who is leading by a wide margin in public opinion polls.

The state Conservative Party, which has endorsed Molinaro, also has an interest in getting its base to the polls, since retaining its ballot status rests on its ability to attract at least 50,000 votes for the Republican candidate on its line. The more votes he gets there, vis-a-vis other minor party candidates, the better placement the Conservatives get on the ballot for the next four years.

So the Conservatives are doing what Molinaro won’t – even can’t – willingly following Cuomo’s lead in linking him to Trump, but casting that connection as a positive, rather than a negative.

The party has released a new radio ad, entitled “Hallelujah,” urging “those who stood with the Conservative Party and voted for President Donald J. Trump to continue to stand with the Conservative Party and vote for Marc Molinaro for Governor on the Conservative line.”

Here’s the script:

This is what a typical liberal hears when Donald Trump speaks…

“(Yelling and screaming over horror score)”

But this is what a conservative hears…

“Glory, glory hallelujah!”

If Trump infuriating his enemies is music to your ears – – and you don’t mind making the liberals scream yourself – – this November stand with President Trump.

Cast your vote on the Conservative Party line, Row C. Your vote means more on the Conservative Party line.

Almost 3 million voters across the state backed Trump for President. Maybe Andy Cuomo thinks they have nowhere to go this election.

He’s wrong.

See, the Conservative Party unapologetically backs Trump. And when you vote Marc Molinaro for Governor on the Conservative Party line, you make a statement.

This election, vote Molinaro for Governor on the Conservative Party line, Row C. Send a message that you stand with President Trump because there’s more to do to make America great again.

TRUMP: We gotta get it done!

Paid for the State Conservative Campaign Committee.

Interestingly, this ad only focuses on the governor’s race, on which the Conservative Party’s future depends.

It makes no mention of, say, the battle for control of the state Senate, in which the Republicans are fighting mightily to retain their slim control of the majority in a supposed blue-wave election year – an effort that the Conservatives arguably also have a stake in.

There’s also no mention of the battle for control of the House, which the president himself has been focused on, stumping for candidates in key red states across the nation. The president hasn’t in recent months, paid much attention to his home state, though soon-to-be-former House Speaker Paul Ryan was scheduled to be in key upstate districts this week, and Vice President Mike Pence has also made appearances.

Trump himself last appeared upstate in August, when he attended an event to benefit Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, a staunch supporter of the president, who is locked in a tight re-election battle with Democratic Assembly Anthony Brindisi.

HTC Airs Radio Spot For Cuomo

From the Morning Memo:

The Hotel Trades Council this week is launching a six-figure radio ad buy boosting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bid for a third term.

The spot touts Cuomo’s achievements on gun control, an increase in the minimum wage to $15 and paid family leave.

“He’s standing up to Washington, protecting a woman’s right to choose, defending access to health care and fighting against tax cuts for billionaires,” the ad’s narrator says. “As our last line of defense, don’t forget to vote for the first name on your ballot: Andrew Cuomo.”

The spot will air on prominent New York City-area radio stations WINS, WCBS, WFAN, WBLS, WLIB.

The union has been a key political ally for Cuomo and has a vaunted voter contact operation. HTC during the Democratic primary had backed Cuomo’s campaign with a radio and digital effort as well as direct voter advocacy.

HTC has also been playing a prominent role in a separate effort to elect Democrats to key battleground House races in New York. Its political action committee this month began airing TV ads meant to play a role in unseating Republican Reps. John Faso, Claudia Tenney and John Katko among others around the state.

Basile Releases Ad Highlighting Work In Iraq

Republican state Senate candidate Tom Basile on Thursday released his third TV ad of his campaign that highlights his work as a press advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

“Next to being a husband and a father, it has been the honor of my life to serve alongside our nation’s brave men and women in uniform in Iraq,” Basile in a statement. “I relied on their training and service to help me do my very best for the mission they sacrificed to advance every day.” Basile is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines in November.

Basile was awarded the Join Civilian Service Commendation for his work with the coalition.

Basile is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Bill Larkin. He facces Assemblyman James Skoufis in November for what is considered a top battleground race for Republicans to hold this November.

“It was an honor to be called upon to serve our nation and it is an experience that will guide me to ensure our veterans and their families always receive the support they need from government,” Basile said. “Whether it’s protecting or expanding support programs like the Senate’s Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer-to-Peer Support Program, advancing the Homes for Heroes program, supporting the great work of Honor Flight, or getting veterans their VA benefits, like Bill Larkin, I will be their strongest advocate in the Senate.”

Democratic Super PAC Ad Knocks Katko’s Tax Vote

An ad released Wednesday by a super PAC linked to House Democrats knocked Republican Rep. John Katko for voting for the December 2017 tax law.

The 30-second commercial, released by the House Majority PAC, points to the law capping state and local tax deductions at $10,000 and its impact on the national debt.

“In Washington, John Katko has thrown Central New Yorkers under the bus,” said House Majority PAC Press Secretary Hannah Blatt. “And he’s done it all to please his party leadership – pushing their toxic agenda that gives the ultra-rich massive tax cuts while forcing hardworking families to pay for it. From health care to taxes, Katko can’t be trusted to stand up for Central New York families.”

Katko is seeking a third term to his Syracuse-area House district. He faces Democratic candidate Dana Balter.

In Ad, Smythe Says She’s ‘Had Enough’

An ad released Tuesday by Democratic state Senate candidate highlights her platform and resume as she seeks to unseat Republican incumbent Sue Serino.

“With everything that’s going on in our country and state, I couldn’t stand on the sidelines any longer,” she says in the ad. “I’m running for the State Senate to create economic opportunity in the Hudson Valley.”

Smythe is running in the Poughkeepsie-area Senate district that has been considered a swing seat in previous election cycles. It represented for a term by Democratic Sen. Terry Gipson who had won a three-way contest that included a Conservative Party candidate and incumbent Stephen Saland before he was unseated by Serino in 2014. He lost a comeback bid in 2016.

Pravato Ad Links Senate Dems To de Blasio

An ad released Tuesday by Republican state Senate candidate Jeff Pravato sought to tie Democrats to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“De Blasio and his New York City allies are never satisfied, they always want more,” Pravato says in the ad. “Now they’re trying to flip the state Senate.

The strategy of yoking the liberal mayor to a moderate Democrat in a suburban district like the one represented by Democratic Sen. John Brooks is not a new one.

The mayor angered Republicans in 2014 as he sought to flip the state Senate away from GOP control and de Blasio in the aftermath stayed away from becoming actively involved in subsequent election cycles.

Another well-worn strategy: reminding suburban voters about the Democratic majority of 2009-10 and the conference’s struggles. Virtually the entire Senate Democratic conference and its leadership has since turned over in the last decade.

“We’re not going back to that,” Pravato says. “Long Island can’t afford the de Blasio agenda.”

Jordan Ad Highlights Library Help

The state Senate campaign of Republican Daphne Jordan on Monday released another TV spot that highlights her support for a community library.

“The word ‘can’t’ isn’t in Daphne’s vocabulary,” one of Jordan’s supporters says in the spot.

Jordan is running to hold a Capital Region-are seat being vacated by Republican incumbent Kathy Marchione, who retires at the end of the year. She faces Democrat Aaron Gladd in the November general election.