Top Republicans in Dutchess County are writing letters to constituents to warn them that a vote for Conservative Party Senate candidate Neil Di Carlo would hurt Republican Sen. Stephen Saland’s re-election chances.
Not only that: They say a vote for Di Carlo would help Democrats’ bid to regain the Senate majority.
“The bottom line is clear — every single vote cast for Neil Di Carlo is a vote to put the downstate liberals right back in control of the State Senate,” a letter from Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, says.
Senate Republicans have a 33-29 seat majority headed into Tuesday’s election, and the party is concerned that the three-candidate race in Dutchess and Putnam counties could hurt Saland’s re-election chances.
Saland narrowly beat Di Carlo in a September primary. The Democratic candidate is Terry Gipson, and the district has about 8,000 more enrolled Democrats than Republicans.
Ball, who represents parts of Dutchess County, and Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro wrote letters this week to constituents encouraging them to vote for Saland over Di Carlo.
Molinaro’s letter noted an article by Gannett’s Albany Bureau last month that found a mailer knocking Saland and supporting Di Carlo was funded by a New York City union as a way to split Saland’s support and help Gipson.
“It’s a devious and dishonest scheme run by people who don’t even live here, and it is profoundly insulting to every single voter in Dutchess County,” Molinaro, a former state assemblyman, wrote.
Brian Keeler, a spokesman for Gipson, dismissed Republicans’ efforts.
“Cleary the GOP is trying to divide us along party lines and is unclear about their vision for the future of the state of New York,” Keeler said. “Terry is working to unite us all by reducing property taxes, creating jobs and improving education for Democrats, Republicans and Conservative alike.”
There was no immediate comment from a Di Carlo spokesman.