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Cuomo claims he had no hand in mailer calling Nixon anti-Semite

September 10, 2018 - 10:31 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims he had nothing to do with a Democratic party mailer meant to drive a wedge between primary challenger Cynthia Nixon and Jewish voters. The mailer features a picture of Nixon over the caption 'anti-Semitism.'

"I think the mailer is deeply offensive. I am raising Jewish children who are both bar mitzvahed, whose parents escaped the Holocaust. To accuse me of this is incredible to say the least, but is frankly shameful," Nixon said.

The governor said the state Democratic party, which he controls, needs a better approval process for its mailings.

"It was inappropriate, and it's wrong, and it's not the tone I approve of," Cuomo said.

The mailer claims that Nixon is against funding for Yeshivas, backs the boycott and divestiture movement against Israel, and has been silent on the rise of anti-Semitism.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has not endorsed either candidate, tweeted that the mailer was beyond unacceptable -- it's downright Trumpian.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer also weighed in on the controversy; he called for the resignation of party executive director Geoff Berman.

Cuomo, who has spent $16 million since July in his primary battle with Nixon, claimed that he was not aware of the mailer.