In a release entitled “GENEVA’S ZIP CODE IS: 14456 Not CH-1201,” New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox took issue with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for raising money from Americans in Europe. Senator Gillibrand is indeed in Geneva, Switzerland today as part of a fundraising tour that is also taking her through Paris and London.
“People in Geneva, Switzerland may have more money than people in Geneva, NY, but that’s no excuse to be running around the globe on a fundraising junket while there is work to be done here at home,” Chairman Cox said.
Mr. Cox goes proceeds to attack Senator Gillibrand’s for continuing to support health care reform, “while sipping champagne, popping canapés, and filling her campaign coffers in the shadow of the Swiss Alps.” And, although the Senate has not convened for 2012 yet, Mr. Cox says that the Senator should be working to create jobs right now instead. “She’s clinking glasses overseas when she should be cracking heads in Washington to actually get a bill passed.”
New York Republicans are hoping to defeat Senator Gillibrand, who’s up for election again in 2012. The Republican candidates who are most aggressively campaigning for the seat at the moment include The Ladders.com founder Marc Cenedella and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. Mr. Maragos recently announced that he’s placed $1 million dollars into his own campaign.
Senator Gillibrand is herself a prodigious fundraiser and is likely to add to the already substantial $7 million she last reported having on hand for her campaign when financial reports are due in the next couple weeks.