Nixon slams mailer ques­tion­ing her sup­port for Jewish peo­ple

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AL­BANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cyn­thia Nixon’s cam­paign cried foul on Mon­day over a proAn­drew Cuomo mailer paid for by the Demo­cratic Party that ques­tions her sup­port for Jewish peo­ple, with the can­di­date call­ing on the gover­nor to apol­o­gize to New York­ers.

Nixon, who has two chil­dren be­ing raised in the Jewish faith, called the mailer “dirty, sleazy pol­i­tics” and said Cuomo’s ex­pla­na­tion that he didn’t know about the mailer isn’t be­liev­able.

“The idea that they would ac­cuse me of be­ing soft on anti-Semitism is an out­rage,” she told Buz­zfeed’s news show AM To DM on Mon­day. “The idea that Andrew Cuomo didn’t know this was hap­pen­ing is com­pletely bo­gus and I think he ac­tu­ally owes an apol­ogy not just to say it was a mis­take, but that it’s fac­tu­ally wrong...This is fear-mon­ger­ing for po­lit­i­cal gain at its worst.”

The mailer says Nixon op­poses fund­ing for Jewish schools, sup­ports “racist, xeno­pho­bic” calls to boy­cott Is­rael over its treat­ment of Pales­tini­ans and that she has been “silent on the rise of anti-Semitism.”

“With anti-Semitism and big­otry on the rise, we can’t take a chance with in­ex­pe­ri­enced Cyn­thia Nixon, who wouldn’t stand strong for our Jewish com­mu­ni­ties,” the mailer reads.

Cuomo con­trols the state Demo­cratic Party and re­cently trans­ferred $2.5 mil­lion to its ac­count for elec­tion-re­lated ex­penses. He said Sun­day he wasn’t aware of the mailer un­til an­gry vot­ers be­gan com­plain­ing about it and still hasn’t seen it.

State Party Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ge­off Ber­man has called the mailer a “mis­take” and of­fered to use party money to pay for a Nixon mailer of her cam­paign’s choosing. Nixon says it’s too late to send a mailer and on Sun­day sug­gested that Cuomo in­stead hold a press con­fer­ence to apol­o­gize.

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