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Here’s The Best Ad Of The 2018 Election Cycle

You don’t have to be a fan of the 1992 Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day to appreciate this TV spot from Democratic Assemblyman Al Stirpe, a Democrat from the Syracuse area.

The ad is a parody of the movie in which Murray’s character repeats the same day over and over again and how campaign season can certainly feel that way.

But it’s also a bit of light-hearted fun in a landscape otherwise littered with depressing attack ads or glossy spots that are aired wall-to-wall.

Having something that’s a bit different and self-effacing is never a bad thing.

NY-19: Delgado, Faso Release TV Ads

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado and Republican Rep. John Faso on Thursday both released a pair of TV ads as the campaign heads into its final week for the 19th congressional district in the Hudson Valley.

Delgado’s ad features the candidate addressing voters directly into the camera.

“With all the noise going on, I want to speak to you directly. I’m running for Congress to serve you, no one else,” Delgado says in the ad. “I’m determined to fight for affordable, accessible healthcare. Not take it away. And I’ll work to lower your tax burden.”

Faso, meanwhile, highlighted the Iran nuclear agreement that President Donald Trump has pulled out of, criticizing Delgado’s support for it.

A Spectrum News/Siena College poll this week showed Faso and Delgado running neck and neck in the district.

Women’s Equality Party Airs Ad To Bookend Debate

The Women’s Equality Party on Tuesday will air a TV ad that bookends Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s debate with Republican Marc Molinaro, slamming the GOP nominee on women’s issues.

Alyssa Milano, the actress and activist, narrates the spot.

“No, we’re not talking about a distant figure from an ugly past. We’re talking about the current Republican candidate for governor, Marc Molinaro,” she says in the ad. “I’m Alyssa Milano, vote for pro-women leadership with Governor Cuomo and his Democratic team on the Women’s Equality Party, the only women’s party in the nation.”

The Women’s Equality Party was formed in 2014 as Cuomo was seeking a second term. The ballot line was initially meant to highlight Cuomo’s push for a 10-point package of bills aimed at gender equality in the workplace and housing as well as anti-human trafficking and abortion rights.

The sole plank of the agenda, a bill that strengthens abortion rights in New York, has not been approved.

But at the same time, the WEP was seen by some on the left as a ballot line meant to rival the Working Families Party, which considered endorsing Zephyr Teachout four years and backed Cynthia Nixon during her failed Democratic primary bid. The WFP has since endorsed Cuomo, who accepted the ballot line.

The WEP this year received a $50,000 over the summer from the New York Laborers PAC and reported a $25,000 loan from Cuomo’s re-election campaign in September.

SD-43: Jordan TV Ad Yokes Cuomo To Gladd

A TV ad released on Tuesday by the campaign of Republican state Senate candidate Daphne Jordan sought to further tie her Democratic opponent Aaron Gladd to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Gladd is a former aide to the governor opposing Jordan in the Capital Region-area Senate district that’s being vacated by Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione.

His campaign has in some areas distanced itself from Cuomo, including an embrace of having the state government assume the county share of Medicaid spending.

But the Jordan campaign’s ad says Cuomo “needs Aaron Gladd” in the state Senate to assume “absolute power” in the state with a Democratic Senate.

The spot dovetails with mailers by Jordan’s campaign the portray Gladd as a puppet for Cuomo.

James To Begin Statewide Ad Campaign

Democratic attorney general candidate Letitia James on Tuesday will begin a $600,000 statewide TV and digital ad campaign, her first since winning her four-way primary in September.

The ad, to air on TV in the Hudson Valley, Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, New York City and Long Island, focuses on James’s opposition to the policies of President Donald Trump.

The ad is set to run over the next two weeks and versions of it will also appear on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, and display advertising.

Stoking opposition to Trump during this campaign season has been almost defacto setting for candidates including James, as well as Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Trump remains unpopular with voters in New York and that unpopularity is especially strong with those in the Democratic base.

At the same time, the attorney general’s office can play a role in filing legal challenges to the Trump administration, a practice that’s been demonstrated since he took office in 2017.

James faces Republican Keith Wofford on Nov. 6 for the open office.

“In the age of Trump, New Yorkers need a fighter who we can trust to stand up for our rights. Republican Keith Wofford has embraced Trump’s divisive policies, from hateful anti-immigration stances to a healthcare plan which will increase insurance premiums across our state,” said James spokesman Jack Sterne.

“Voters have a clear choice in Tish James, who will hold Trump accountable, fight corruption in Albany, and protect New Yorkers from rollbacks on health care and the environment — and we’re making sure they hear that message.”

NY-22: Brindisi Ad Highlights Republican Endorsement

An ad released Monday by Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi highlights his endorsement from Frankfort Mayor Rick Adams, a Republican.

The spot shines a further light on a key plank in Brindisi’s push to unseat Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney in the central New York distirct: He’s got bipartisan credentials.

“It didn’t matter that he’s a Democrat and I’m a Republican,” Adams says. “It was all about bringing jobs to the area. Anthony rolled up his sleeves and located some funding to help get this accomplished.”

Brindisi and Tenney are competing in the 22nd congressional district race, a contest considered to be one of the top battleground races in the state.

Cuomo Ad Takes Aim At Molinaro’s Fiscal Record

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest TV and digital ad released Monday by his re-election campaign takes a deep dive into Republican Marc Molinaro’s voting record as a Dutchess County lawmaker more than a decade ago.

The ad highlights votes Molinaro cast in favor of budgets that increased property taxes and county government spending.

“Marc Molinaro, a fiscal fraud in charge? No way, no how,” the ad says.

Molinaro is the current Dutchess County executive.

The spot appears to be part of an effort to undercut Molinaro’s criticism of Cuomo and state government overall that under the incumbent Democrat, New York is spending and taxing too much.

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.