With a two way race now set, Assemblywoman Addie Russell came out within hours with a statement decrying Albany corruption after yesterday's bombshell arrests of nine insiders on bribery charges.
Included in the roundup was Joseph Percoco, often called the third Cuomo brother, and officials of COR development, a firm with ties in the 116th AD. I wouldn't expect anyone doing campaign appearances with the Governor this year.
Ms. Russell also points to a vote on stripping pensions from convicted pols in her direct mail piece out this week. Fighting corruption is listed as one of her four central themes.
Clearly, its an effort to ward off the expected redux of her unfortunate defense of then Speaker Sheldon Silver , when she dismissed prosecution as political.
Look for corruption and her acquiescing to NYC interests as themes of opponent John Byrne who was seen this week pressing the flesh at a Chamber After Hours event in Watertown. Mr. Byrne wasted no time on Facebook alluding to the latest Albany scandal.
The Russell mail piece hits the usual chords of school aid, cutting taxes for small business, capping property taxes and bringing home the bacon in aid for local infrastructure projects.
The photo array is the candidate with kids, farmers, seniors and cops, and the theme is counting on Addie "to fight for the North Country."
However the embrace of fighting corruption is a key theme. This is a different campaign from two years ago, with a different team behind the scenes.
As this is one of only two contested local races, we will try to relay themes and strategies as they come our way.
Addie for Assembly: Assemblywoman Russell: North Country residents deserve an honest goverment