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Campaign mailers rile Niskayuna candidates

Campaign mailers rile Niskayuna candidates

The mailer features pictures of nationally-recognized conservative, right-wing media figures
Campaign mailers rile Niskayuna candidates
The front of the flyer sent to voters by the Niskayuna Democratic Committee.

NISKAYUNA — A Democratic Committee campaign mailer prompted a swift and firm response Monday from Republican town supervisor candidate Yasmine Syed.

She called the campaign material an "outrageous piece of hate mail," and called for an apology.

The mailer features pictures of nationally recognized conservative, right-wing media figures Alex Jones, Steve Bannon and Rush Limbaugh and reads, “The things we value most are under attack in Washington, and they are under attack in Niskayuna.”

The other side of the card calls Syed and Town Board candidates Tom McGarry and Anthony Simone “too extreme for Niskayuna.”

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The back of the flyer sent to voters by the Niskayuna Democratic Committee.

The mailer accuses Niskayuna Republicans of sharing a video from Alex Jones on its Facebook page. The flier also says the Republican’s Facebook page “constantly features material from the website Breitbart, which features racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim material.” Finally, the mailing says, “They often post material from Rush Limbaugh…”

In a statement, Syed said she became aware of the mailer “that strongly implied, without justification, that my running mates, Tom McGarry and Anthony Simone, and I are ‘racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim.’” 

She also called on Democratic incumbent candidates Supervisor Joe Landry, Denise Murphy McGraw and John Della Ratta to “apologize to me, to my family and to my running mates…”

Syed concluded by stating she would conduct a campaign on the issues.

Murphy McGraw and Della Ratta both said Monday they had not seen the mailers. Landry did not return a call for comment Monday.

In a statement issued in response to questions about the mailer, the Niskayuna Democratic Committee said: “The mailer in question doesn’t call the candidates racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim, as the GOP asserts. It says the Niskayuna Republican Committee shared posts from Breitbart News — a website which features racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-Muslim material and is run by Steve Bannon.

"The Niskayuna Republicans have shared a total of 37 posts from Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, and Breitbart News — the mouth pieces of the alt-right. We, as Democrats, denounce these outlets and the ideologies they espouse. By sharing these posts, the Niskayuna GOP is legitimizing these outlets and the message they deliver.”

A review of the Niskayuna Republican Committee’s Facebook page on Monday showed that, since July, when nominating petitions were certified, there are no Alex Jones videos posted. There was one link to a Breitbart News story and four posts that shared material from Rush Limbaugh that were visible to visitors on Monday.

A phone call to the Niskayuna Republican Committee president, who is believed to maintain the group's Facebook page was not immediately returned.

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