The Working Families Party released a radio advertisement Friday attacking Adam Haber, a Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive, for his past registrations in the Republican Party.
The ad says Haber, a businessman and member of the Roslyn school board, was a registered Republican for 13 years, first in Rockland County, then in Brooklyn and in Nassau in 1994. Haber registered as a Democrat in 2000, according to Nassau Board of Elections records.
The minute-long ad -- the first of the campaign to target Haber -- is airing on WCBS/880 AM during the morning drive time. The Working Families Party, which endorsed former Democratic County Executive Thomas Suozzi for his old seat, spent about $40,000 on the ad buy, which will run for two weeks, said party spokesman Joe Dinkin.
"It's the Republican playbook," the ad states. "They malign John Kerry's military service, question President Barack Obama's birthplace and they are even accusing Hillary Clinton of covering up a terrorist attack. It's disgraceful. And now Adam Haber is using the Republican playbook against Tom Suozzi."
The Haber campaign confirmed the candidate's GOP registrations, but noted that he contributed $15,000 to Democratic candidates since 2004 and that he has never given to Republican candidates.
Haber campaign manager Justin Myers said the ad shows Suozzi "is clearly panicking."
In a reference to Suozzi's representation of catering halls embroiled in lawsuits with wait staff over nonpayment of fees, Myers charged that Suozzi has tried to "deny working class families their fair wages. What's more Republican than that?" Suozzi said the caterers are "not stealing the tip cup," and that employees "were paid above minimum wage and were often high school or college students."
Nassau Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs, who is supporting Suozzi, questioned Haber's Democratic credentials. "Adam Haber is attacking Tom Suozzi's Democratic record," Jacobs said. "That is galling."
A Haber radio ad last month attacked Suozzi over the catering hall issue. Suozzi hasn't released any ads or mailings.