Nixon slams pro-Cuomo mailer as 'hateful, divisive'

Sergio Conner
September 14, 2018

Polls have consistently shown Cuomo with a commanding lead over Nixon, but this latest one sampled primarily voters over the age of 55.

Going into the last weekend before the Democratic primary, Governor Andrew Cuomo was riding high, capping off a packed week of well-timed infrastructure announcements with a splashy grand opening for the brand new span of the Mario Cuomo Bridge.

The mailer says Nixon "won't stand strong" for Jewish residents and has been silent on rising anti-Semitism.

However, as of today, another prominent celebrity has backed Nixon: rapper T.I.

Cuomo is, in effect, in charge of the state Democratic Party.

"Again and again, we've seen polls miss the mark this election cycle", said Lauren Hitt, a spokeswoman for Ms. Nixon's campaign.

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Party director Geoff Berman now says the mailer was "wrong and inappropriate".

The state party hasn't said who approved the mailer, or how many were sent out to voters. Hochul's lead is up 13 percentage points from July. Nixon is campaigning hard to Cuomo's left, energized by a string of other insurgent wins in Democratic primaries elsewhere in the United States.

The governor went about his campaign business Monday, however, locking up more institutional support in the form of endorsements from the state's entire Democratic congressional delegation.

But just hours later, the planned Saturday opening of the new span was delayed after engineers heard a loud popping noise from the old bridge, which is in the process of being disassembled.

Later in the evening, Terry Towle, the lead contractor for the Mario Cuomo Bridge, announced that the new span will open to traffic on Tuesday, though "there remains a possibility of the old bridge east span failing".

Cuomo continues to leads Nixon in all racial, age and gender categories, the poll found. Nixon, a longtime activist and former star of the TV show "Sex and the City", has aligned herself with progressive NY insurgents like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and describes herself as a democratic socialist.

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