A race brewing in the 22nd
June 28th, 2012
The battle between Republican Sen. Martin Golden and Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes is on the top watch list for Senate Democrats who are hungry to get back into the majority or at least add a seat or two.
Golden is a logical target for Democrats — he is one of only two remaining Republicans that represent the five boroughs; he is a long-term incumbent; and the Republican majority has used “New York City” as a derogatory term towards Senate Democrats and their issues.
Democrats have had some trouble raising funds and their list of challengers has come together slowly because of the late-in-the-game deal on redistricting, but Goundares has been running hard since he declared in January and the press releases attacking Golden on issues have been coming fast and furious.
Today’s shot across Golden’s bow has to do with bridge toll relief. But housing issues are the hot button in the race at the moment.
As The Politicker reported earlier this month, tenants’ groups have been gearing up to unseat Golden because of the perceived pro-real estate leanings of the conference.
Michael McKee of Tenant’s PAC told me earlier this month that Golden would be one of their biggest priorities this campaign season.
Tenant’s PAC sent out a mailer attacking Golden and it roused the first official statement from Golden’s campaign. The statement ignored Goundares but lashed out specifically at Tenants PAC.
“These mailings, which are a distortion of Senator Goldens record, are being orchestrated by the Manhattan-based Tenants PAC, Golden’s campaign manager said in a statement.
However, Gounardes may soon be hard for Golden to ignore. Gounardes has been hitting subway stops, collecting signatures and shaking hands for months. And some of the top senate Democrats think they have a future star in Gounardes. They also think a good amount of the “city-based Democratic brain trust” will be invested in the race, since it will be one of the most prominent contested races in the five boroughs.
Also, just a glance at my inbox demonstrates the sheer consistency of Gounardes’ campaign and the range of issues he is looking at: campaign finance reform, women’s issues, housing, transportation and a a slew of labor endorsements.
Goundares is trying to get someone’s attention — and pretty soon it will likely be Golden’s.By David King on June 28, 2012, 4:00 pm
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