U.S Senate candidate Wendy Long held a news conference outside the state Capitol today as she runs against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, knocking Gillibrand’s job-growth plan and saying the state should move forward quickly with hydraulic fracturing.
The Republican candidate also criticized Gillibrand for not releasing more of her income taxes publicly—even though Gillibrand was the first senator to release her tax returns online from 2007 through 2011, the amount of time she’s been in office.
Long, who won a three-way GOP primary in April, has yet to release her taxes, saying she is planning to release one year’s worth. She didn’t weigh in on whether Mitt Romney should release more of his.
“It’s a different race, a whole different set of circumstances and he has to make his own decisions,” Long said.
Long released a broad jobs platform, such as repealing the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform. She said the state should move forward with hydrofracking as a economic stimulus.
“I think we should proceed on fracking with all deliberate speed,” Long said. “I think it’s been shown to be safe. I think it’s an incredible opportunity for New York.”
She didn’t take a position on the proposed 121-mile Constitution Pipeline that would run through the Southern Tier, saying “I’m just not getting into details.”
She didn’t say if she supports vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, but said, “Our entitlement programs are headed for bankruptcy, and what Paul Ryan has tried to do is save those programs.”
Overall, she said she was pleased with the pick of Ryan by Romney.
“I’m very proud of Mitt Romney for choosing somebody who is a serious person, who has started a serious discussion, which is what we need to have this year when our economy and federal government are in crisis,” Long said.
As for Gillibrand, her spokesman Glen Caplin said in a statement that, “Senator Gillibrand is focused on her agenda of cutting middle class taxes and ensuring more manufacturers across the state are stamping products with ‘Made in America’ to help grow our economy and create jobs.”