A campaign mailer accusing New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon of anti-Semitism was drafted and approved by people connected with incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign team.
Approved and paid for by the New York State Democratic Committee, the mailer accused Nixon of remaining “silent on the rise of anti-Semitism,” and supporting BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), a worldwide movement to boycott Israeli goods and cultural exports. Nixon, it argued, “won’t stand strong for our Jewish communities.”
Nixon has never officially supported BDS, but in 2010 signed a letter with a 150 other US actors, directors and artists voicing her support for Israeli actors who refused to perform in the Jewish state’s controversial settlements in the West Bank.
— Abe Silberstein (@abesilbe) September 8, 2018
The mailer was delivered to some 7,000 New York households on Saturday, days before New York’s state primary on September 13. Nixon, who raises her two children Jewish, accused Cuomo of orchestrating the apparent smear campaign, which she called an “attack not only on my family, but on all New Yorkers.” Cuomo denied all knowledge of the mailer’s contents.
However, as outrage built over Cuomo’s watery denial – his campaign pinned responsibility for the mailer on an anonymous “constituency outreach” volunteer – it emerged on Wednesday that the mailer was drafted by Cuomo’s former special assistant David Lobl, now volunteering with his re-election campaign, and approved by Larry Schwartz, the governor’s former secretary.
Lobl suggested the language used on the mailer, and had two campaign aides make up the flier. Schwartz, who has been a close confidante of Cuomo since the pair first worked together in 1994, then signed off on it, and the New York Democratic Committee Paid $11,000 to print and distribute it, reported the New York Times. Lobl had previously been in charge of Cuomo’s campaign outreach to the Jewish community.'
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