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RYE BROOK -- Yikes. The state Republican Party today is expected to show a new creepy video using a still photo of a graven-faced Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo saying ultra conservatives, as he defines them, have no place in New York. The musical theme is from the horror movie "Halloween."
The audio is Cuomo's line from a public radio interview in January about the Republican Party: "Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Because if that’s who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York."
Another audio clip in the Republican video was Cuomo's impassioned defense of his gun-control law a month after the Newtown tragedy. The intended effect of the video is to make Cuomo sound like a ranting, rabid anti-gun advocate.
A slice of the video was run briefly on the GOP convention's podium screen during a sound check Wednesday morning as a police dog sniffed every inch of the mostly empty hotel conference room.
Republicans plan to formally nominate Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino for governor and Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss for lieutenant governor.
Astorino will face Cuomo in what has already been a campaign with some nasty charges and countercharges.
Cuomo's campaign has accused Astorino of discriminating against the poor because he is fighting the federal Housing and Urban Development Department over a low-income housing issue. Astorino says bowing to the feds would mean abandoning local zoning laws against high-rise apartments in his towns.
"I take it as a good sign that they are as being as disgusting as they are in the TV ads," Astorinio said Wednesday night.