Fresh off issuing his endorsement earlier this week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has cut a radio advertisement for GOP state Senate candidate Bob Cohen.
In the ad, Bloomberg — an independent who is the single-largest financial backer of Senate — decries “lies and 11th hour attacks” against Cohen, a developer and landlord who hails from New Rochelle.
Bloomberg is likely referring to questions surrounding Cohen’s history as a New York City landlord. A recent Daily News story highlighted that the city has gone to court over issues with Cohen’s buildings, and it was the subject of a recent mailer from Democrats.
Cohen is running for Senate against Assemblyman George Latimer, D-Rye.
Bloomberg uses the advertisement to tout Cohen as “a businessman, not a politician.”
“I’ve proudly endorsed Bob Cohen for state Senate in Westchester because he’s got real integrity and independence — qualities that are sorely missing in Albany,” Bloomberg says in the 60-second spot.
UPDATE: Mike Murphy, a spokesman for Senate Democrats, responds:
“On the issues Mayor Bloomberg claims to care about, the record is clear – from lower taxes to sensible gun laws to government reform – George Latimer is the better choice,” Murphy said in a statement. “It is anti-choice Bob Cohen and his extremist allies who are obstacles to progress. The Bloomberg agenda will go nowhere if Bob Cohen and the Republicans continue to control the Senate.”
Here’s the ad, which began airing today in New York City and Westchester markets. You can read the script after the jump.
“In the last days of campaigns, politicians do desperate things, and right now you may be hearing a lot of lies and eleventh hour attacks against Bob Cohen. This is Mike Bloomberg, and here’s the truth: I’ve proudly endorsed Bob Cohen for State Senate in Westchester, because he’s got real integrity and independence – qualities that are sorely missing in Albany. Bob’s a businessman – not a politician – who’s been involved in civic work for more than two decades. In his business and in his service to the community, Bob does what’s right – not what’s easy. And that’s what Bob Cohen will do in the State Senate: stand up for Westchester families, not the special interests. There’s a reason the same old politicians are attacking Bob Cohen: because he’ll shake things up in Albany, and they don’t want that to happen. But you and I do. This is Mike Bloomberg. Vote against politics as usual. Vote for Bob Cohen for State Senate.”
“Paid for by Friends of Bob Cohen. Barbara Cohen, treasurer.”