10:46 am Apr. 23, 2012
Wendy Long and Elizabeth Warren agree about at least one thing: medical-device manufacturers should be spared a 2.3 percent excise tax that's currently part of President Obama's health care plan.
Long, a conservative judicial activist running against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, sent out a press release this morning referring to a Wall Street Journal story in which Warren, a proudly liberal professor and consumer advocate, opposes the tax.
“With over 25,000 direct jobs at stake, New York State actually has more jobs in this growing industry than Massachusetts, but Senator Gillibrand supports this job-killing tax that even Elizabeth Warren has the sense to oppose," Long said in the release.
Long has tried several times to make an issue of the tax; a quick survey of my inbox shows at least five press releases from the Long campaign that mention the levy on medical-device manufacturers as a job-killing regulation that Gillibrand should work to repeal.
As Long's release reminds us, Gillibrand encouraged Warren to run, and has been an outspoken supporter of her campaign.
A spokesman for Gillibrand did not immediately return a request for comment.