State Democrats knocked the Republican state convention today, saying the state GOP is in “total chaos and disarray.”
In a statement, state Democratic committee chairman Jay Jacobs predicted Gillibrand would win re-election. She holds a sizeable lead against any of her challengers in recent polls.
“They are running on empty heading into a divisive primary of who can pander to the Tea Party the most over the coming months,” Jacobs said. “Regardless of who ultimately gets the nomination, they will have a little known candidate that wants to take us back to the same failed Bush economic policies of the past and who is out of step with New York values.”
State Democrats are holdings their convention on Monday in Manhattan to tap Gillibrand as their candidate. Democrats hold a two-to-one enrollment edge over Republicans in New York, and Republicans hold no statewide offices.
Gillibrand, a former congresswoman from the Albany area, is seeking a full, six-year term in November. She was appointed to the position in 2009 by then-Gov. David Paterson to fulfill the remainder of Hillary Clinton’s term after Clinton joined the Obama administration as secretary of state. Gillibrand won election for the remainder of Clinton’s term in 2010.
“The contrast of any of these candidates with Senator Gillibrand’s record of accomplishment in the Senate fighting for New Yorkers and the middle class couldn’t be clearer,” Jacobs said. “No wonder Republicans themselves think they only have a ‘one in three’ chance to win this race.”