Hanna Running On The Pro-Cuomo Line? (Updated)
Assemblyman Sean Hanna is a conservative Republican who is running for the state Senate seat being vacated at the end of the year by retiring GOP Sen. Jim Alesi.
But you could be forgiven for being confused about Hanna’s party affiliation – or perhaps even thinking he’s a Democrat like Gov. Andrew Cuomo! – after viewing his first TV ad of the campaign.
The ad casts Hanna as a pragmatic independent who has worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass legislation that benefits middle class New Yorkers. Actually, he scored an 88 percent rating from the state Conservative Party in 2011 – one of the highest ratings among his GOP colleagues.
That stands to reason, since Democrats outnumber Republicans in the CURRENT 55th Senate District.
The enrollment breakdown for the OLD district (which changed in redistricting, but the state Board of Elections doesn’t have breakdowns for the new districts yet) is: 72,482 Democrats, 68,025 Republicans, 3,498 Conservatives, 8,864 Independence Party members, 487 Working Family Party members and 454 Greens and 49,190 blanks.
Alesi won the 2010 election over Mary Wilmot 57,025 to 50,163 in 2010. He had the GOP, Conservative and Independence Party lines.
Hanna is facing off against former Monroe County Democratic Chairman Ted O’Brien, who is currently minority leader of the Democratic caucus in the county Legislature.
“Assemblyman Sean Hanna stood up for middle class families in our community. Sean Hanna worked with Republicans and Democrats – like Governor Cuomo – to protect hard working families and create jobs. Sean cut taxes on middle class families to the lowest level in 58 years, capped property taxes and closed a $13 billion dollar deficit by cutting spending, not raising taxes. Fighting for middle class families. Sean Hanna for state Senate.”
UPDATE: Politics on the Hudson notes there’s a significant discrepency between Hanna and O’Brien when it comes to fundraising .Hanna had $206,359 on hand as of July 15, while O’Brien had $98,985.
Also, the Senate Republicans have vastly out-raised the Democrats and are already spending on behalf of candidates – including $66,439 on Hanna, according to the most recent (32-day pre-primary) SRCC filing with the state Board of Elections.
The Democrats, who still have $1.4 million worth of debt from trhe 2010 elections, have spent $7,400 so far helping O’Brien.
UPDATE: O’Brien’s campaign manager Loren Amor sent the following statement:
“No matter how hard he tries, Sean Hanna cannot fool the people of Monroe and Ontario Counties. They know Ted O’Brien is the only candidate with a real jobs plan and the only candidate who voted against raising property taxes every time he had the chance.”
“Instead, Sean Hanna voted for one of the largest tax increases in Monroe County history, and has cost us local jobs by supporting outsourcers and voting against raising the minimum wage and the Fair Pay Act, which would provide crucial protection for women in the workplace. He is out of touch with the people of Monroe and Ontario and there is no place for his extreme conservatism in the State Senate.”
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