Republicans Ponder Scozzafava, Attack Still-Balking Aubertine

ALBANY—Republicans are lashing out at State Senator Darrel Aubertine, the most likely Democratic candidate to succeed John McHugh in Congress, releasing this TV ad tomorrow and a robocall painting him as a tax-and-spend liberal.
“Call Darrel Aubertine. Tell him he voted for too much spending,” says the ad, which the National Republican Congressional Committee says will start airing tomorrow.
The G.O.P. has been bracing for an Aubertine candidacy, but moved to attack before he was (or wasn’t) named as the Democratic candidate. They made a similar play during a special election in the 20th Congressional District earlier this year, but many local Republicans felt