senate1From the Morning Memo:

In the continuing effort criticizing Republican Sen. Bill Larkin, Democrats in Orange County are pointing to a mailer released by the lawmaker’s office that polls the public on a range of issues, including banning outside income in the Legislature.

Sensing his seat may be a potential pickup opportunity this fall, Democrats at both the state and local level have sought to link Larkin to former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who was ousted last month following a corruption conviction.

For Democrats, the official mailer — which is standard operating procedure for state lawmakers to send to constituents from their offices using their franking privileges — is a sign Larkin isn’t serious about the issue.

“Orange County voters deserve principled leaders who will end the culture of corruption in Albany, not calculating politicians looking to preserve the status quo,” said Orange County Democratic Committee Chairman Brett Broge.

Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif responded, calling Larkin a “distinguished public servant” and the Democrats “bereft of ideas.”

“What will they think of next? Attacking him for his exemplary constituent service? Senator Larkin is going be reelected overwhelmingly in November, and these sad and pathetic Democrats are having trouble coming to grips with it,” Reif said.

Democratic Assemblyman James Skoufis is considering a run for Larkin’s seat this November as the mainline conference hopes to pick up multiple seats in the Hudson Valley and on Long Island, including Skelos’s former district in Nassau County.

Skoufis himself last week criticized Larkin for opposing a push to block or limit outside income for state lawmakers.