Justin Wagner’s campaign sent an email apologizing to opponent and incumbent Sen. Greg Ball for an inaccuracy in a campaign mailer delivered to households this weekend — a mistake Wagner blames on Ball’s “flip flop” on minimum wage.
Wagner, a Democrat challenging Ball, R-Patterson, for his state Senate seat, sent the following email to Ball’s Chief of Staff Jim Coleman (and to reporters):
Steve Napier here with the Wagner campaign. I wanted to extend a bit of an apology from our campaign to yours for being behind the curve on Senator Ball’s ever-changing position on the minimum wage in our most recent mail piece, which began hitting mailboxes over the weekend.
In our mailer, we mentioned Senator Ball’s opposition to a minimum wage increase for working New Yorkers — which, in fairness, he stated as recently as our Sept. 27 editorial board meeting with the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Essentially, Senator Ball and your campaign flip-flopped so abruptly on the minimum wage last week that our mailer had already gone to print, and we couldn’t make the change. Bottom-line: moving forward, we will do our best to inform Hudson Valley voters of Senator Ball’s 180 and his new position on this issue.
Steve Napier, Campaign Manager
Justin Wagner for State Senate
Wagner is referring to Ball’s announcement last week that he planned to introduce a bill that would increase the minimum wage while also providing tax cuts for small businesses.
The mailer not only criticizes Ball for his previous opposition to increasing the minimum wage but also charges that he supports sending jobs overseas and opposes equal pay for women.
“Republican Greg Ball: Too extreme for the Hudson Valley,” the mailer reads.
UPDATE: Joe Bachmeier, Ball’s press secretary, responded to the email and mailer, accusing Wagner of lying.
“We feel for Wacky Wagner, because with Greg’s great record on jobs and taxes, he has to lie to even be relevant,” Bachmeier said. “Focused on solutions, not politics, Senator Ball is working to end the stalemate between those who want a minimum wage hike and those who want a tax cut for businesses. It’s called leadership. Nothing has changed.”
Bachmeier said Ball has made it “crystal clear” that any hike in the minimum wage must be paired with a tax-cut package.
“Greg’s comprehensive package increases the minimum wage while also cutting taxes on small business owners by 20 percent and fully repealing the MTA payroll tax,” he continued. “By doing so, Greg has unveiled a novel, bipartisan approach to take care of both the employee and the employer.”
Addressing the claim that Ball has supported outsourcing, Bachmeier said the Republican candidate has actually been a leader against the practice of sending jobs overseas. Ball’s campaign released its own mailer earlier in the election season claiming that Wagner’s record showed he supported outsourcing.
Here’s Wagner’s mailer: Wagner #2 Outsourcing Final
UPDATE: And this is Ball’s mailer: Ball Outsourcing PROOF V2