photoRepublicans are crying foul over a video posted to Facebook by the campaign of Democratic Senate hopeful Shelley Mayer that was shot inside her Assembly office in Albany, filing a complaint with the Joint Commission on Public Ethics alleging misuse of government property.

The video shows Mayer sitting at her desk in the Legislative Office Building commending students who participated in a nationwide walkout protest over gun violence and gun control.

“I commend you, you young people, for standing up to the adults who have failed you,” she says in the video.

Mayer adds: “We have work to do to bring gun violence down in our country and I promise to you here in the New York state Assembly, I will do my best and when elected to the Senate, I will continue my fight to reduce gun violence.”

It’s the phrase “when elected to the Senate” that Republicans say is an act of campaigning. A letter filing a formal complaint over the video to JCOPE, obtained by Capital Tonight, says the video “was both produced for campaign purposes and is expressly political content.”

Mayer’s campaign knocked the complaint, saying it’s an effort to distract from the issue of pushing for new gun control legislation.

“This is a sad and frankly pathetic attempt by (Republican opponent Julie) Killian to distract from her and her Trump allies’ extremist pro-gun agenda of allowing more guns in our schools and allowing the NRA to control our state government,” said Mayer spokesman Doug Forand. “Shelley proudly supported the students who chose to stand up to the NRA and speak out against the Republicans’ continued blocking of common sense gun laws.”

The video itself, which appears to have been since deleted, was posted to Mayer’s Senate campaign page on Facebook.

Mayer is running for the open 37th Senate district in Westchester County, one of 11 seats being decided in a special election scheduled for April 24. The race is being closely watched due the narrow divide in the Senate and a unity agreement reached late last year that would bring together the Independent Democratic Conference and the mainline Democratic conference in the state Senate.

Republicans have tried for years to flip the suburban Senate district to little avail despite spending heavily and redrawing the district to more favorable boundaries in 2012.