A Rochester-area Senate candidate in a closely watched race is out with his second television ad of the cycle, focusing on the need to “cut spending” in New York in order to be able to lower taxes.
Assemblyman Sean Hanna, a Monroe County Republican running for the seat held by retiring Sen. James Alesi, hit the airwaves with the ad last week. He’s running against Ted O’Brien, a Democratic Monroe County legislator, in a race drawing resources from both Senate Democrats and Republicans.
“In order to keep families here in western New York, we have to keep businesses here,” Hanna says in the ad. “In order to do that, we have to create a better climate by cutting taxes. We can’t do that unless we first cut spending.”
Hanna first hit the television airwaves last month. O’Brien hasn’t released any TV spots yet, but is due for a New York City fundraising swing later this month.
Hanna’s second spot similar to his first advertisement, though this one is narrated by Hanna himself. Unlike the first, however, it does not mention Gov. Andrew Cuomo by name. Republicans, who are trying to expand their narrow 33-29 majority in the Senate, have repeatedly tried to highlight their working relationship with the Democratic governor as a campaign theme.
Hanna’s second ad is below.