The campaigns for both Eric Schneiderman and Dan Donovan jumped out of the gate early this morning, blasting each other’s record in their current office.
The Donovan campaign accused Schneiderman of being in the pocket of the teacher’s union. Schneiderman shot back that Donovan had looked the other way on public corruption.
Donovan’s press secretary Virginia Lam released a statement taking swipes at Schneiderman’s record on education from his 12 years in the legislature.
“Simply look at Eric’s record, of being a wholly owned subsidiary of teachers’ union leadership,” said Donovan spokeswoman Virginia Lam.
Lam argued that Schneiderman’s record in the state Senate is one of siding with the UFT instead of parents and students.
“New York’s parents will not take another Albany Insider who is captive to the powerful special interests that place a chokehold on our state,” she said. “Eric Schneiderman’s long history of doing the bidding of union leadership hurts parents, students, taxpayers and teachers themselves, who are forced to defend the ones who should be in a different profession.”
Schneiderman pivoted off of the news yesterday that Manhattan district attorney Cy Vance announced that he would form a public corruption unit in his office. Donovan has said that rooting out public corruption would be a priority as attorney general.
“The obvious question is this: why has he failed to try a single public corruption case as DA, or even set up a public corruption unit like his Manhattan counterpart?” said Schneiderman spokesman James Freedland in a press release.
Wednesday’s Siena poll puts Democrat Eric Schneiderman seven points ahead of Republican Dan Donovan in the race for Attorney General, with one pollster calling it a “barn burner”.
The most recent numbers show a closing gap between the two candidates, as a Sept. 23 poll had Schneiderman 13 points ahead of the Staten Island prosecutor.
Siena pollster Stephen Greenberg predicts that the outcome will be a matter of geography and name recognition, with neither candidate controlling either category.
“Donovan is winning upstate by 12 points, Schneiderman is winning in New York City by more than 30 points and the battleground appears to be the suburbs, where Schneiderman has the narrowest of three-point leads,” Greenberg said in the report. “The difference is that while Schneiderman is unknown to about half of the likely voters, Donovan remains unknown to about two-thirds of voters.”