ALBANY—Sure enough, the final pushes are on.
Bill Owens was endorsed this morning by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the ridiculously popular Democrat who leaves warm fuzzy feelings wherever he goes.
“Bill Owens understands the needs of our working families and he’s worked hard to improve our local economy by creating jobs in Upstate New York,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Bill knows that Fort Drum is vital to the regional economy, and he will work to pass health reform that gives working families secure, affordable health care options. We need Bill Owens in Congress to continue fighting for jobs and to work to get our economy back on track.”
It’s unclear if Cuomo will make a trip to the district or otherwise lend tangible support to Owens. I did hear from a Democratic source familiar with the campaign strategy that Barack Obama will be recording a robocall for Owens; the plan is to release it in the district late in the weekend.
On other fronts, six House Republicans endorsed Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party’s nominee: Mary Fallin (R-OK), Todd Akin (R-MO), Paul Broun (R-GA), John C. Fleming (R-LA), Steve King (R-IA) and John Shadegg (R-AZ). Representative Pete King, of Long Island, has endorsed Scozzafava.
UPDATE: A source familiar with the race said that Cuomo, too, is expected to record a robo-call on behalf of Owens.