Cuomo Robos For Saland And Addabbo
At some rare down moment in his exhaustive post-Sandy schedule (we’re talking about a guy who’s sending out last-minute advisories about 11 p.m. events), Gov. Andrew Cuomo managed to record a pair of bipartisan robocalls for two of the state Senate candidates he has endorsed.
One call is for Democratic Sen. Joe Addabbo, who was once high up on the Senate GOP’s top target list.
But the destruction caused by Sandy to the Queens district over which Addabbo and his Republican opponent, New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich, are fighting has thrown this race into limbo.
The areas that were hardest hit by the storm just so happen to be Ulrich’s base. Both campaigns have essentially been suspended as the candidates focus on helping their storm-ravaged constituents rather than on the election.
But clearly, the Democrats – and in particular, Cuomo – haven’t entirely given up their political efforts.
This is assuming, of course, that people in the district actually HAVE telephone service, not to mention a moment to spare from post-storm clean up to answer the phone and receive a cheery election reminder from their governor.
That seems a little jarring. Maybe this wasn’t the best time?
Cuomo has so far insisted the elections will take place next Tuesday as planned, which doesn’t sit too well with at least one Ulrich advisor.
At any rate, here’s the script for the Addabbo robocall:
“Hello, this is Governor Cuomo calling to urge you to vote for Joe Addabbo for State Senator on November 6.”
“Joe has a record of results – bringing thousands of jobs to the community, keeping our taxes low and fair, and keeping guns off our streets. I’ve known Joe for years, and I know he’s a man of conscience, integrity and courage.”
“I’m proud to have him as a partner in cleaning up Albany, and I hope you’ll vote for Joe Addabbo on November 6.”
The governor’s use of the word “courage” here – and it’s not the first time he has used it - is an oblique reference to the fact that Addabbo changed his 2009 “no” vote on same-sex marriage to a “yes” when the bill passed last summer, although he reportedly has recently flipped back to the “no” column. (Curious if the governor is aware of that…)
Cuomo’s other robocall was recorded on behalf of Sen. Steve Saland, one of four Republicans who voted “yes” on the gay marriage bill, jeopardizing their support from conservatives in the process.
Saland’s vote earned him a primary challenge from an ultra-conservative fellow Republican, Neil Di Carlo, who came very close to ousting the veteran senator despite having very little name recognition and almost no campaign cash.
Di Carlo remains in the general election on the Conservative Party line. (He won a write-in campaign). Saland’s Democratic opponent is Terry Gipson, a village of Rhinebeck trustee.
Saland’s vote also earned him the endorsement of the popular Democratic governor, who makes clear in this robocall that he values “principle over politics.”
Here’s the script for the Saland robo:
“Hello, this is Governor Cuomo and this coming Tuesday is Election Day. I am calling to urge you to re-elect State Senator Steve Saland.”
“Now, I am a Democrat and Steve is a Republican. Steve is the first Republican I have ever endorsed, but Steve is a man who puts principle over politics. Over the past two years we have made real progress in our state enacting a property tax cap, balanced budgets and ethics reform. We have made our government work again.
“I need principled, honorable, reasonable officials like Steve Saland to work with. On Tuesday, I am asking you to vote for experience and competence, and give me a partner I can work with in Albany. Remember, we are not first Democrats or Republicans, we are first New Yorkers, let’s act that way.”
“This Tuesday put principle over politics. Vote for Steve Saland for State Senate.”
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