New Rochelle developer Bob Cohen is out with his second television advertisement of the campaign cycle today, again painting himself as an everyman who is “one of us.”
Cohen, who is making his second run for the state Senate, is matched up with Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye, in a closely watched race for the lower Westchester County seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck.
The tone of Cohen’s latest ad matches up with his previous ones, both in this cycle and last. He doesn’t mention his opponent’s name in the ad, but campaign spokesman Bill O’Reilly took aim at Latimer in an accompanying press release.
“If there is one thing we want voters to know walking into the voting booth, it’s that Bob Cohen is committed to delivering property tax relief to Westchester families and George Latimer will make your property taxes higher,” O’Reilly said in a statement. “No legislator is Westchester County has been worse on property taxes than Mr. Latimer. He may be personable, but when it comes to our nation-leading property taxes, the facts are undeniable: George Latimer is the culprit.”
Latimer’s camp, meanwhile, is touting an endorsement yesterday by the state AFL-CIO, a consortium group of labor organizations across the state. Campaign spokesman Brian Hegt ripped Cohen’s second TV ad.
“Once again, Bob’s ad fails to provide any solutions, it just provides more of the “poll tested” platitudes his handlers are giving him,” Hegt said in a statement. George Latimer is already acting on delivering real tax relief to Westchester by sponsoring of several pieces of legislation that will significantly lower the tax burden for Westchester residents, while Bob Cohen is still busy telling people what the problem is.”
Here’s Cohen’s latest ad, which is hitting the Westchester airwaves today: