State Senator Marty Connor responded to his opponent, Dan Squadron, after Squadron made an early campaign attack this morning by recalling Connor’s 2004 tax lien.
Connor said, “I think it’s really pathetic they begin a campaign in April with such a negative attack.” Squadron, Connor says, "has no record in the community, never served on a community board, and all he does is attack, attack, attack.”
Told that Squadron won’t release his tax returns until Connor does, the senator said, “Get ready. When the campaign starts in June, I’ll release the last five years. I have no problem with that.” If Squadron releases a similar amount of tax information, it’ll cover the years he worked as an aide to Chuck Schumer, co-authored a book with Schumer, and worked for Knickerbocker SKD (headed by former Schumer aide Josh Isay).
Connor also called up the vague answers Squadron has given in response to questions about who he supports for the Democratic presidential nomination, and whether he was in favor of congestion pricing (he was asked it during his appearance with Schumer this weekend).
Politically, those questions put Squadron in a tough spot. Squadron is riding a wave of support among young professionals and progressives in the district, who have largely supported Barack Obama. But New York is still Hillary Clinton’s turf, and it would be awkward to stand next to one of her supporters, Schumer, while praising her opponent. Similarly, many Manhattanites supported congestion pricing, but Squadron’s would-be colleagues in the state senate had problems with it.
Connor said he was for congestion pricing, and Hillary Clinton.
“Why is he hiding?” Connor asked.
In response to a request for comment, Squadron’s campaign manager emailed to say, "In classic Albany fashion, Marty Connor literally hid in a room to avoid voting on congestion pricing, which Daniel supports. Give me a break."