Sen. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) has her “No Bad Apples” campaign aiming to help those she calls strong progressive candidates around the state become future colleagues in Albany. Krueger’s latest endorsement is of Ryan Cronin, the Democrat opposing longtime incumbent Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City).
Beyond criticizing Hannon’s record as chairman of the Senate health committee, and positions deemed as opposed to abortion rights and stronger insurance measures in the state, Krueger just argued in a conference call with the candidate that she believes Cronin is “absolutely going to win,” based on the district and “how it is trending” and the work he’s put into reaching out to various communities in its borders. She compares presidential years — how neophyte candidate Kristen McElroy lost by a relatively slim margin in 2008 while “Ryan is running five times as aggressive a campaign as she had.” She said she believes that the Nassau Democrats, who have “dropped the ball on a few things” in recent years, are “passionately committed to winning this race.”
UPDATE: From GOP spokesman Scott Reif comes this response:
This “No Bad Apples” effort is also behind Democrats Bridget Fleming, running in Suffolk, Cecilia Tkaczyk in the northern Hudson Valley, Justin Wagner in Putnam County, and George Latimer in Westchester.