The state Democratic Committee announced today it will be promoting its agenda — and one backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo — through ads and mobilization efforts in New York and the nation.
The party said in a news release that it is setting up committees on the issues of immigration rights, gun safety, education reform, economic growth and the environment. Azi Paybarah reported last week that two of the committees were registered with the state Board of Elections.
The fact that the effort will be more than just New York is worth noting because of speculation that Cuomo may run for president in 2016. He’s first set to seek re-election next year.
Updated 2x: A Democratic official clarified that while the effort will promote national issues, the effort will only be in New York and the ads will only run in the state.
The effort will also promote Cuomo’s agenda back home, including gun control and economic development. New York’s unemployment rate continues to outpace the national average, and Cuomo has been knocked by gun-rights groups for a gun-control law passed in January.
The first ad campaign will focus on gun violence and feature Sarah and Jim Brady calling on Washington to pass comprehensive gun legislation.
“This is an important time with so many pressing issues facing our state and nation. Now is the time for the New York State Party to be rebuilt in the modern age of advocacy,” executive director Rodney Capel said in a statement.
Updated: The state GOP knocked the effort, saying it’s a clear move to boost Cuomo 2016.
“On the Friday afternoon of a busy news week, Andrew Cuomo’s State Democratic Committee quietly released their plans for a national issue advocacy campaign,” the party said in a statement.
“They’re not fooling anyone: this is a blatant attempt to boost Andrew Cuomo’s national profile ahead of 2016. Meanwhile, unemployment in New York is still higher than the national rate, unfunded mandates are still hammering our counties and New York is still the most taxed, least free state in the nation.”
“Andrew Cuomo needs to focus more on fixing New York and less on his own ambitions.”