This was inevitable: Senate Republicans are hitting Senate Democratic candidates in ads over the scathing AEG report last week from the state Inspector General’s Office.
The first up is Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County, with this ad and mailing that hits his Democratic opponent Mary Wilmot over the money she’s accepted from Senate Democratic leadership, who were accused in the IG’s report of trying to steer a lucrative gaming contract to a politically connected firm.
It cites $185,988 she’s received from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, and $18,500 from senators named in the report.
We reported this morning that Democrats have spent $282,775 on Wilmot and transferred $250,105 to her campaign this month.
Wilmot has declined to return the cash, unlike some of her colleagues. She picked up the endorsement yesterday of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo.
Here’s the mailing and the ad.
Updated: Here’s the response from Austin Shafran, spokesman for Senate Democrats, who knocks Alesi for supporting the legislation in 2008—when Republicans controlled the Senate—that allowed the legislative leaders and the governor to be solely in charge of awarding the gaming contract for Aqueduct Race Track in Queens—a flawed process that was knocked by Inspector General Joseph Fisch in the report.
“Jim Alesi doesn’t want to talk about creating jobs, lowering taxes, or reforming Albany; instead he is focusing on the flawed Aqueduct procurement process Joe Bruno created and Jim Alesi supported,” Shafran said.
Updated 2x: And now here’s the response from Scott Reif, spokesman for Senate Republicans, on Shafran’s response.
“Senator Alesi has been talking about the 19,800 jobs that have been lost since Democrats took power in the Senate, the $14 billion in new taxes and fees they enacted and now he’s also reminding the voters that on top of all that the Democrats are corrupt too.”