The Democrat and Chronicle has reviewed several political ads in New York for accuracy, one of which was the recent National Horizon super PAC ad that Kirsten Gillibrand’s lawyers tried to have censored.
The ad hammers Kirsten Gillibrand for her support of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act which contains numerous hidden taxes, including a medical device tax which has eliminated hundreds of jobs already in New York.
Rather than countering the facts contained in the ad, Team Gillibrand has decided to focus on the text of statements in the ad, which to them resemble newspaper headlines.
As a result, attorneys representing Ms. Gillibrand sent letters to TV station executives demanding that the ads be pulled for being ‘misleading and deceptive’.
Turns out there was a reason her lawyers wanted that ad pulled – it was true.
According to the D&C:
In “Job Killer,” outside group National Horizon attacks U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, claiming she cost New York jobs. We looked at the basic facts behind this ad, and they are true.
Today the New York GOP released the following statement:
The respected Rochester Democrat and Chronicle just confirmed what most New Yorkers already know: Kirsten Gillibrand is bad for jobs. Kirsten’s campaign rhetoric touts her support for the manufacturing industry in Upstate New York, but according to the Rochester newspaper: “Gillibrand voted for the 2010 Affordable Care Act to overhaul the nation’s health care system. That legislation included as a revenue source a 2.3 percent federal excise tax to be paid by manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices.”
The paper described how Kirsten’s rubber-stamping of the Pelosi-Reid agenda has already cost some New Yorkers their jobs: “Upstate medical device manufacturer Welch Allyn, based on Skaneateles Falls, described the medical device tax as ‘onerous’ in a September news release in which the company announced a corporate restructuring that will result on the layoff of 10 percent of its workforce over three years.”
New Yorkers are hungry for real, independent leadership in Washington, not the partisan gridlock that comes from blind loyalty to party leaders. And on Election Day, New Yorkers have that leadership again when we send Wendy Long to the US Senate.
Gillibrand and the Affordable Care Act are indeed costing jobs in New York, there is no doubt. But isn’t trying to take the focus off of the facts, and placing it on frivolous censorship attempts, in itself a ‘misleading and deceptive’ act?
Thankfully, the D&C has seen through the smokescreen, letting New Yorkers know that Wendy Long is the one honest candidate in this campaign, and Kirsten Gillibrand is simply diverting their attention from the facts.
Here is the ad for those who may have missed it: