Here’s the latest ad from the New York State United Teachers union to knock a Republican Senate candidate.
NYSUT is, as expected, going to try to help Democrats regain the state Senate. They are going to, as expected, focus on a few key races—including the battle for an open seat in the Rochester area.
The latest ad hits Republican Senate candidate Sean Hanna, who is fighting Democrat Ted O’Brien for the seat being vacated by Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County. It’s one of the most competitive races in the state and a moderate seat—evidenced by the NYSUT ad that hits Hanna on progressive issues, such as a woman’s right to choose and tougher gun laws.
“Albany Republican bosses and special interests are looking for another career politician to join their ranks,” the ad says. “They found a perfect choice in Sean Hanna. Hanna doesn’t get much done, but he sure votes the wrong way every time.”
Hanna is a first-term state Assembly member and a former Monroe County legislator. There was no immediate comment
from Senate Republicans or NYSUT about the ad.
Senate Republicans were unfazed by the ad.
“Working with Governor Cuomo, Senate Republicans have brought spending under control, capped property taxes for seniors and homeowners and helped the private sector create new jobs,” spokesman Scott Reif said. “New Yorkers know we’re moving this State in a positive, new direction, and that’s why we’re absolutely confident we’re going to grow our majority in November.”
The ad ends with, “Sean Hanna, custom built for Albany, wrong for Rochester.”
NYSUT’s PAC—VOTE-COPE—has plenty of money: $4.2 million of last month and is perennially a top spender during campaigns.
Updated: NYSUT spokesman Carl Korn said it doesn’t comment on ads from its political arm.