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Molinaro talks "miracle" upset in gubernatorial race against Cuomo

New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro.

New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro. Credit: Newsday/William Perlman

Marc Molinaro, the Republican challenger to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, said Sunday he would pull off a "major political miracle" while stumping with top Nassau County Republicans.

During a Seaford Republican Club brunch, the Dutchess County Executive bemoaned high property taxes and corruption charges against state officials, while attendees drank orange juice and dined on a buffet of eggs, bacon, sausage, and french toast. 

"I'm confident on Nov. 6 we're going to win. We're going to pull off a major political miracle and really set this state back on the right track."

A Siena College Research Institute poll of likely voters, released Oct. 1, found Cuomo leading Molinaro 50-28.

Molinaro said at the Knights of Columbus Memorare Club in Seaford that if voters elect Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to a third term, "It just means that all eight years of corruption doesn’t mean anything to anybody." Earlier in the day, Molinaro was in New Hyde Park for a coffee for a candidates forum sponsored by the Brotherhood of Temple Tikvah.

"He’s allowed our taxes to get too high, and he can drive businesses and families out of the state of New York and off Long Island," said Molinaro. “His economic development policies have created more indictments than jobs. And New Yorkers are leaving the state in droves because of a failed state government.”

Cuomo campaign spokeswoman Abbey Collins said, “The facts are that Governor Cuomo has cut unemployment in half, Long Island is home to a record 1.2 million private sector jobs, wages are up nearly 30 percent and more people than ever before are moving back to the region. New York needs real leadership at this time in our history, not Marc Molinaro’s fearmongering and falsehoods.”

Nassau Republican Chairman Joseph Cairo and the party's slate, including Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), laid out the case for maintaining a Republican majority in the State Senate.

Cairo said, "Chances are rather remote that we're going to elect a Republican governor, though we're going to give 110 percent between now and Election Day."

"If you want to have a voice in Albany, if you don't want the socialist and all the people all the way to the left, these crazies out there, if you don't want them —  Democrats from Brooklyn — telling us how we're going to live our lives on Long Island, then you've got to vote Republican," Cairo said. "Coming close doesn't count. Do you know what coming close means? Coming close means losing."

Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs said in an interview Sunday, “The Republican party’s playbook of relying on fear and anger is really not going to work this year. The voters are too smart and know all too well that the Democrats have demonstrated the ability to run government well, keeping taxes down and delivering services efficiently. We are anything but the caricature that Joe Cairo and some of the others seem to paint us as.”

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