A mailer from a PAC formed this week by the New York City-based union 32BJ SEIU touts Conservative Party candidate Neil Di Carlo as a “conservative we can trust,” aiming to try to split the vote in the Hudson Valley race to aid Democratic candidate Terry Gipson.
The union has contributed more than $350,000 to Democratic candidates in the past month. Gipson and Di Carlo are challenging Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, in the Nov. 6 election in a district that stretches across Putnam and Dutchess counties.
Republicans said the mailing is deceitful.
“This sleazy, dishonest scheme to try and elect Terry Gipson is going to outrage Hudson Valley Republicans, Democrats and independents alike,” said Scott Reif, spokesman for Senate Republicans. “Hudson Valley voters don’t like these kinds of dirty, unethical tactics, and this scheme really says all you need to know about Terry Gipson and the special interests who are backing him.”
Gipson spokesman Brian Keeler said the campaign had nothing to do with the ad, and a Di Carlo spokesman said they welcomed the support.
Officials at 32BJ SEIU did not respond to requests for comment. The registration papers filed for the Empire State PAC lists its address as 25 West 18th St. in Manhattan — the same address as the union. On the registration papers, the treasurer is listed as Hector Figueroa — the recently elected president of the union.
In a statement in August, the union said it would help Democrats try to regain the majority in the Senate, but it hasn’t endorsed Gipson.
You can read more here. Here’s the mailer.