The National Republican Congressional Committee has started taking swings at five-way Democratic primary winner Thomas Suozzi and is committing big money to the 3rd Congressional District race.
The NRCC’s independent expenditure arm already has booked $1.1 million for television cable ads to benefit state Sen. Jack Martins, the GOP candidate in the race. The ads will run from Sept. 27 to Election Day. They represent nearly half of a $2.2 million buy for three key swing districts nationwide.
E. O’Brien Murray, spokesman for Martins, said the campaign is not involved with the TV spots. He added that the NRCC wants to give “a nice going away gift” to retiring Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) by taking back the seat.
In what may be a preview of the kind of attack ads that might run in the campaign, Chris Pack, regional press secretary for the NRCC, sent out a news release last week attacking Suozzi for his campaign slogan asserting he “Gets It Done.”
The release says that when Suozzi served as Nassau County executive, he “drove the county over a fiscal cliff” by raising property taxes, the home heating tax and taking a $65,000 a year raise.
“The only thing Suozzi needs to ‘get done’ is a reality check,” the release says.
“This is why people are so sick of politicians,” responded Suozzi, who added that Martins raised property taxes as Mineola mayor and also raised his own salary.
“I’m not criticizing him for doing it,” Suozzi said of Martins. But ”that kind of campaigning is so yesterday and so hypocritical. People want to see us have a clean fight on the issues and who will do the best job of representing them in Congress.”