Deposed Speaker Sheldon Silver has always been a scary visage to air in many upstate districts. Silver embodies the downstate, ethnic look upstate apple knockers disdain.
Mr. Silver is being used in commercials all over, including, of course, the John Byrne spots being aired in his bid to unseat Assemblywoman Addie Russell.
A grainy black and white of Silver is unsettling and locally there is the added bonus of Ms. Russell defending Mr. Silver at the time of his arrest.
The downstate boogie man has always been in the GOP tool box upstate. Dems are not using Dean Skelos image so far as we know.