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Among the pilfered documents WikiLeaks has released is one in which Democratic congressional contender Tom Suozzi in 2015 pitched top Hillary Clinton advisors about serving as the campaign’s representative to mayors and county executives.

E. O’Brien Murray, spokesman for Suozzi’s Republican opponent, state Sen. Jack Martins, released the email and attacked Suozzi’s offer to work for the Clinton campaign, claiming it shows he would not be the “independent voice” he claims.

“He’ll be nothing more than a rubber-stamp for her agenda to continue the failed policies of the last eight years,” Murray said.

“Jack Martins is desperately grasping at straws,” said Kim Devlin, Suozzi’s senior campaign adviser. “Everyone knows that Tom Suozzi will go up against anyone, even those in his own party if necessary ... He is also someone who is brimming with policy ideas and he will pitch them to anyone … in a position to help people.”

Suozzi’s message was among the hacked emails of senior Clinton campaign advisers John Podesta and Robby Mooks that were posted by WikiLeaks.

Suozzi’s email was sent on July 11, 2015, more than six months before Democratic Rep. Steve Israel’s surprise announcement that he would not seek re-election in the 3rd Congressional District.

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“I’ll do whatever I can to help,” Suozzi said in his message. “I think I could be helpful coordinating mayors, county executives and others for HRC nationwide. As a former mayor of a small city and county executive of a large county I understand their issues.”

Suozzi, a Clinton convention delegate, never took a role in her campaign, his aides said.