Andrew Cuomo’s campaign for governor is out with a new ad that hits Carl Paladino for his Empire Zone tax break, and accuses the Buffalo developer of receiving special treatment based on his political donations.
It leads with the question “Who Is Carl Paladino?”–an obvious attempt to frame Paladino now that the bright lights are focused on the nominee, who remains fairly unknown (and who is either very close or very far away from Cuomo in the polls, depending on who you believe).
It’s the first real attack from the campaign itself, which had mostly left the negative framing to the Democratic State Committee, which ran a similar swamp-themed ad before and after the primary election.
On the positive side, the campaign is also releasing an ad narrated by a cancer survivor that touts his work fighting insurance companies. The narrator is a Long Island woman, who points out that she’s a registered Republican.