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Nassau Democrats have launched TheRealKateMurray.com website, apparently assuming that the Hempstead Town Supervisor will likely be the Republican nominee for district attorney this fall.

The Nassau Republican committee will make its official choice on May 6.

The website scolds Murray for putting family members on the payroll, hiking her own salary by nearly 50 percent and increasing the general fund levy by 136 percent in just the last three years.

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Town spokesman Michael Deery disagrees. "The record is clear," he said. "Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the town board have cut total town taxes for three straight years and have reduced the town budget for 2015."

The Murray website is clearly based on the now-defunct "The Real Dave Denenberg" Facebook page that Nassau Republicans used last year to attack the former Democratic county legislator when he was running for a State Senate seat.

Denenberg dropped out of the race when he was accused of overbilling a law client by more than $2 million and subsequently pleaded guilty to eight felony counts of mail fraud. His sentencing is expected next month.

One problem with the Murray website, which Democrats say will be expanded in the future, is that it requires readers to do their own research.

When talking about taxes, it includes posted copies of recent town budgets. Presumably, readers themselves can see if Hempstead increased or decreased taxes and spending.

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Referring to family members on the payroll, it gives a link to Seethroughny.net, which provides salaries of public employees throughout the state.

So far, however, the website does not post a photo of Murray driving a payloader, which some Repubilcans privately likened to former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis driving a tank. Murray did a PR event Thursday behind the controls of a payloader to knock down flood-damaged Island Park village hall.

Politico notes that in 1988, Dukakis' ride on a 68-ton battle tank in Michigan, meant to bolster his credibility, "would go down as one of the worst campaign backfires in history."

Some political insiders were similarly puzzled by Murray on the payloader. “Is she running for highway superintendent?” asked one GOP operative.