Senate Republicans continue to spend on behalf of Senate candidate Mary Beth Murphy in her primary battle with Assemblyman Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, records today show.
The Senate Republican Campaign Committee spent $65,116 on Murphy in recent days, likely on a mailer, according to the committee’s 11-day pre-primary filing. That’s in addition to the $55,922 they spent on her earlier this month, and the $75,000 they transferred to her campaign this month.
Updated: The committee has spent a total of $65,116 during the campaign on Murphy, so they spent another roughly $10,000 on her campaign in recent days.
Ball has sought to portray himself as the anti-establishment candidate backed by Tea Party supporters, saying in a statement last week that, “All of our opponents have the endorsement of the Albany Insiders, and the local political machine. I just want people to think very clearly, when the hand of Albany, or the hand of the local political machine, reaches down to pick the candidates, does that hand pick that candidate for their independence or willingness to shake things up?”
And not be outraised, Ball’s supporters are holding this lavish fundraiser later this month in Greenwich. But that’s coming on Sept. 19, a few days after next Tuesday’s primary.
Senate Republicans spent $149,701 on behalf of Senate candidates in recent days, but the most was on Murphy by far. The committee, for example, spent $33,927 on Queens Sen. Frank Padavan and $24,213 on upstate Senate candidate Patricia Ritchie.
Senate candidate and Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef, meanwhile, transferred $11,500 to the Senate committee from his own campaign committee. Sens. Marty Golden, R-Brooklyn, and Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, Schenectady, also transferred similar amounts back to the party.