David Yassky claims fake endorsements in state Senate primary

David Yassky claims fake endorsements in state Senate primary

State Senate hopeful David Yassky fibbed to voters about getting endorsements in his Democratic Main race in opposition to incumbent state Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-Brooklyn) — earlier than getting referred to as out by The Publish Monday.

The previous Metropolis Council member from Brooklyn Heights had touted faux endorsements from an area political membership and a outstanding gun management group whereas operating forward of the Aug. 23 election.

“It’s deliberately misleading,” Gounardes spokeswoman Amanda Luz Henning Santiago alleged in an announcement.

The Yassky marketing campaign eliminated references on his marketing campaign web site and Twitter account Monday to a claimed endorsement by IND Brooklyn, a political group backing Gounardes to characterize a newly-created twenty sixth senate district, that features waterfront neighborhoods from DUMBO to Bay Ridge.

Yassky, who final served within the council in 2009 after which served as Taxi & Limousine Commissioner, may also cease claiming a proper endorsement by anti-gun group Mothers Demand Motion on mailers despatched to voters, in keeping with spokesman George Artz.

“Clearly we didn’t imply to place that out,” Artz stated of the 2 deceptive claims.

State Senate candidate David Yassky claimed faux endorsements in his Democratic main marketing campaign in opposition to incumbent state Sen. Andrew Gounardes.Stefan Jeremiah

IND Brooklyn beforehand endorsed Yassky earlier than the state’s highest court docket declared legislative strains authorized by Albany Democrats as unconstitutional, which led to a brand new map created by a court-appointed particular grasp.

“The marketing campaign’s website and social media have been up to date to mirror the brand new strains. The IND endorsement, which clearly pertains to the outdated map, has been eliminated,” Artz stated in an electronic mail.

A spokesman for Gounardes referred to as the endorsement claims “deliberately misleading.”Fb

Yassky had prominently displayed the Aug. 23 election date above the story associated to the political membership endorsement on his web site in current weeks whereas additionally maintaining a Tweet selling it pinned to the highest of a Twitter account he frequently makes use of.

“After the strains had been redrawn, IND supported Senator Gounardes for reelection, not David Yassky. And Mother’s Demand Motion gave each candidates the identical grade, with specific directions that it was not an endorsement,” Gounardes spokeswoman Amanda Luz Henning Santiago, who beforehand labored with this reporter at Metropolis & State NY journal, added.

However Artz recommended Gounardes has stretched the reality himself by distributing marketing campaign literature claiming he’s operating for “reelection” to characterize areas of Brooklyn like DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights that aren’t a part of his present Southern Brooklyn-based district.

Mothers Demand Motion have dubbed each Yassky and Gounardes as “gun sense candidate[s]” – a distinction meant to indicate voters their gun management stances are aligned with the group’s efforts to limit firearms within the wake of mass shootings.

“The Mothers Demand Motion Gun Sense Candidate distinction will not be an endorsement from Everytown for Gun Security Motion Fund or its volunteer community, and shouldn’t be represented as such. As an alternative, it’s a sign to our supporters, volunteers, and voters throughout the nation {that a} candidate will govern with gun security in thoughts, if elected,” reads the web site of the advocacy group.

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