Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis doesn’t have much to do with State Senator Marty Golden’s decision to host a nationally mocked “Feminine Presence” seminar, but that didn’t stop her Democratic rival from seeking to tie her to the infamous, now-canceled event.
“My opponent, who has been awfully silent throughout this matter, has the opportunity now to defend the women of her district by distancing herself from Senator Golden,” John Mancuso declared in a statement sent this evening. “This is just a mailer, but it’s quite obvious how her Republican colleagues view the role of women in New York today.”
Mr. Mancuso’s argument is that Ms. Malliotakis, who is a closely political ally of Mr. Golden’s, has a unique obligation to speak out against the event and the taxpayer-funded mailer promoting it.
“I believe it’s important for the Assemblywoman, who shares office space with Senator Golden, to publicly and forcefully denounce the despicable mailer which went out district wide last week,” he posited. “It is simply unacceptable for this type of language to be used and distributed by an elected official in this day and age. The constituents of the 64th Assembly District deserve to know where their representative stands on this blatant attack on women.”
Mr. Golden’s own Democratic opponent wasted no time in pouncing on the issue, issuing a press release last Tuesday declaring it “discriminatory and offensive,” and “downright degrading to women,” but whether the canceled event has enough traction to expand into other races remains to be seen.