NY Dem nominee targeted for DC ties

Republican Jane Corwin has sought to quickly define her Democratic opponent as a "career politician" that was "handpicked" by her party's Washington leadership.

Corwin went up with a new TV ad Tuesday hitting Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul for voting to raise property taxes in "eleven town budgets" when she was a Hamburg town councilwoman.

The attack comes after the National Republican Congressional Committee released a Web video that accused Hochul of "learn[ing] how to tax and spend as a Washington lobbyist."

Hochul lobbied for technology firms for less than a year more than two decades ago, according to WIVB-TV 4 in Buffalo. The Senate Office of Public Records does not having documentation stretching back to the early 1990s.

Hochul also spent time on the staff of former Rep. John LaFalce (D-N.Y.) and the late Sen. Pat Moynihan (D-N.Y.).
In Corwin's second spot of the special-election campaign, she accuses Hochul of "trying to fool you."

"Kathy Hochul and Nancy Pelosi: Now that's a team with a history of raising our taxes," the female announcer says in the 30-second ad.

Hochul's camp dismissed the ads as "smear tactics."

"Kathy Hochul is no one's handpicked candidate and has never shied away from standing up to her own party," Fabien Levy, a spokesman for Hochul, said in a statement. "She saved motorists $129 million when she stood up to Governor Paterson's plan to mandate new license plates. And she stood up to Governor Spitzer's ill-advised plan to give drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants."

Democratic officials confirmed Hochul as their nominee in the special election for New York's 26th congressional district seat on Saturday. She has yet to release a campaign ad. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hasn't indicated it will spend money on the race.

Corwin's spot is airing districtwide on broadcast, according to her campaign.

--Updated at 4:21 p.m.

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