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Ginny Fields kindly asks for Cuomo robocall (update)
Give Assemb. Ginny Fields credit for knowing you won't get something unless you ask for it.
Fields (D-Oakdale) is facing an unusual primary battle from teachers union-backed Ken Mangan of Sayville. So she asked Suffolk Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer to see if Attorney General-slash-gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo would record a message of support for her to use in telephone robocalls.
Nothing terribly unusual here, except that Fields made the request on Schaffer's public Facebook wall, where anyone who is virtual friends with Schaffer could see it, along with Schaffer's response, and Fields' response to Schaffer's response.
"On the way to meet Schumer at Maritime Museum - anything from Cuomo on whether or not he might do a robo call?" she asked.
Schaffer told us he put in a request to Team Cuomo, but offered this advice for Fields and others: "Facebook is for me talking to my niece and nephew, not for talking about campaign strategy."
Fields hasn't returned our phone calls today. Cuomo campaign spokesman Josh Vlasto declined to comment about whether a Fields robocall is forthcoming. We're not holding our breath, but if you live in the 5th Assembly District and get one, do let us know!
(Update 4:36 p.m.) Mangan campaign spokesman David Suarez offers this statement on Facebookgate: "Unfortunately for Albany incumbent Ginny Fields, no number of robocalls (or, for that matter, annoying Facebook posts) can distract voters from her role in Albany's dysfunction. Unlike Mrs. Fields, Ken Mangan has never been part of this broken political system. As a small business owner and civic leader, Ken Mangan will bring the fresh ideas needed to fix the mess created by Albany politicians like Ginny Fields."