Good afternoon. Today’s points:
- GOP claims collusion in State Senate races
- Civil rights icon lends help to LI Dems
- Your poll, my poll in CD3
GOP calls out Dem super PAC
In a measure of how contentious the State Senate races on Long Island have become, New York State Republican Party chairman Edward Cox has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections alleging that a super PAC supporting Democrats is working in concert with two campaigns.
Cox is asking the BOE to immediately halt spending by union-backed New Yorkers Together, which is supporting Jim Gaughran against Republican incumbent Carl Marcellino, and Ryan Cronin against GOP Sen. Kemp Hannon.
Cox argues that Bob Master has managerial control of New Yorkers Together, while at the same time serving as co-chairman of the Working Families Party. The WFP has endorsed Gaughran and Cronin.
State law prohibits independent expenditure committees from coordinating with candidates’ campaigns. A spokesman for Master told the Albany Times-Union that he has no involvement with the WFP’s activities on behalf of the two Democrats.
Anna Throne-Holst has enlisted a cadre of Democrats to email fundraising appeals in her 1st Congressional District race against incumbent Rep. Lee Zeldin. The lineup has included Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Steve Israel, and the seat’s most recent former occupant, Tim Bishop.
To that list of party stalwarts she now adds a national icon: John Lewis.
The civil rights legend and Georgia congressman headed an appeal for Throne-Holst emailed Thursday night, and his involvement in local races might not end there. DuWayne Gregory, the Suffolk County Legislature presiding officer who is running against Rep. Peter King in CD2, says he is trying to get the much-in-demand Lewis to come to Long Island on his behalf.
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Is the race for the 3rd Congressional District a lot closer than we thought?
Republican Jack Martins released an internal poll this week saying there’s less than a percentage-point difference between him and Democratic opponent Tom Suozzi.
Ohio-based Clout Research reported that Suozzi was favored 43.2 percent to 42.6 percent.
Yet, the Suozzi campaign cast doubt on Martins’ poll, saying he’s simply trying to woo back support from donors and the National Republican Congressional Committee. The NRCC said earlier this month that it would pull TV ads for Martins after a Newsday/Siena College poll showed Suozzi 15 points ahead.
Mike Florio, Suozzi’s campaign manager, accused the Martins team of poll-shopping to get the result it wanted.
Clout leans Republican and may not be the best measure. In March, it said Republican Donald Trump had the support of 40 percent of African-American voters — a result that’s been widely derided.
The Martins campaign said it has been using Clout since at least August, and no one questioned the results then.
“This poll showed the race is going to be neck and neck until the end,” campaign adviser E. O’Brien Murray said in an email. “I don’t see Suozzi releasing his own polls because he is afraid of showing how tight this race is.”