New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long today called on Westchester voters to support Rob Astorino, even though he’s not on that party line in the Nov. 3 race for county executive.
In making his plea today in Yonkers, Long called it a “terrible injustice” and said voters shouldn’t be hoodwinked or fooled into supporting County Executive Andrew Spano, who earlier this year received the county’s party endorsement despite several legal challenges and opposition from some of its members.
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Long, who wrote a letter to registered Conservatives in the county, said when the Westchester County Conservative Party leaders endorsed Spano, they made a mockery of the process. Here’s an excerpt:
“The Conservative Party line has been hijacked in the race for Westchester County Executive. As a result, the conservative in the contest, Rob Astorino, will not be appearing on the Conservative Party line. Instead, liberal incumbent Andy Spano will appear on the Conservative line at your polling place.”
Spano’s campaign called Long’s intervention nothing more than “political shenanigans” and said legal challenges were thrown out by the courts.
“If Mr. Long is so concerned about the Conservative decision to endorse County Executive Andy Spano, he should have come out against it eight years ago, when as chairman his party chose to endorse Mr. Spano then as well,” the Spano camp said in a written statement. “This year’s endorsement also reflects the support of Westchester Conservatives for Spano’s fiscally responsible record of keeping taxes low, cutting the budget and reducing county staff. Spano’s fiscal responsibility is also why Westchester is New York State’s only AAA Bond-Rated County.”