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Murphy Attacks NYC’s de Blasio as Road to Re-election Begins

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As another election cycle slowly gets underway for New York State Senator Terrence Murphy, the freshman Republican lawmaker is taking shots at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his alleged involvement in the Hudson Valley races in 2016.

In an email to supporters regarding an upcoming fundraiser, Murphy, a Yorktown resident, slammed de Blasio, a Democrat and first term mayor, for his alleged attempt to influence the 40th senate seat held by Murphy and other legislative seats in hopes of flipping them to Democratic candidates. Currently, the GOP in the state senate has a one- seat edge, only because a Democrat caucuses and votes with Republicans.

“Despite Mayor de Blasio sending his staff and a $250,000 bankroll of funneled money to my opponent, despite my opponent spending over a million dollars on negative attack commercials and mailers, and despite being outspent by the millions poured in from George Soros and New York City special interest groups supporting my opponent with false and misleading attack ads, we prevailed,” Murphy said, referencing his 10-point win over Democrat Justin Wagner.

Murphy went on to state, “Mayor de Blasio and his goons are at it again,” referencing a New York Post article that reported de Blasio’s staff is in “secret strategy talks to oust Republicans from power in the state Senate.”

The New York Post reported leaders of the Working Family Party have been in discussion with a de Blasio political advisor about state senate races. In the article, an individual described as a Working Families insider confirmed talking with de Blasio’s staff, as well as a Cuomo top aide and Senate Democrats.

In a recent interview with the NY Post, de Blasio suggested he would take a less visible role this upcoming election season after he called donors to direct money to Democratic senate candidates in 2014.

But Murphy in his solicitation to supporters leading up to a Jan. 9 fundraiser doesn’t seem to buy that.

“We need to send a message to these establishment clowns that the Hudson Valley is not for sale,” Murphy wrote.

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