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Working Families Party hits Haber over past GOP registrations

The Working Families Party will release a radio advertisement Friday that attacks Adam Haber, a Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive, for his past registrations as a Republican.

The ad says Haber, a Roslyn school board member, was a registered Republican for 13 years, first in Rockland County, then in Brooklyn and then in Nassau in 1994.

 The minute-long ad -- the first of the campaign to target Haber -- will begin airing on WCBS 880 AM during the morning drive time.

 The Working Families Party, which is endorsing former Democratic County Executive Thomas Suozzi for his old seat, spent about $40,000 on the ad buy, which will run for the next two weeks, said party spokesman Joe Dinkin.

 “It’s the Republican playbook,” the ad states. “They malign John Kerry’s military service, question President Barack Obama’s birthplace and they are even accusing Hillary Clinton of covering up a terrorist attack. It’s disgraceful. And now Adam Haber is using the Republican playbook against Tom Suozzi.”

The Haber campaign on Thursday claimed the ad shows Suozzi's desperation. The campaign confirmed Haber's past Republican registrations, but noted that Haber has contributed $15,000 to Democratic candidates on the county, state and federal levels since 2004 and that he has never given to Republican candidates.

 “Tom Suozzi spent the last four years fighting to deny working class families their fair wages," Haber campaign manager Justin Myers said in a reference to Suozzi's representation of catering halls that are embroiled in lawsuits with their servers over the nonpayment of fees. "What's more Republican than that ... Suozzi is clearly panicking and desperate to defend his anti-worker actions. We welcome a conversation about who upholds Democratic party principles.

 Nassau Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs questioned Haber’s Democratic credentials. “Adam Haber is attacking Tom Suozzi’s Democratic record,” Jacobs said. “That is galling.”

 Haber released his own radio ad last month, attacking Suozzi over the catering hall issue.

The Working Families Party ad can be heard here:


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