2:50 pm Jun. 1, 20121
Mitt Romney wasted no time seizing on the latest jobs report released this morning, which estimated the U.S. economy added a disappointing 69,000 jobs in May, and also revised April's numbers from 115,000 jobs created to 77,000, raising the unemployment rate to 8.2 percent.
The report is grim news for the Obama campaign and the White House, which predicted much higher job growth at this point.
The Republicans vying to run against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are doing what they can to see that the Obama economy hurts her too.
Representative Bob Turner actually emailed two statements about the report, one from his House office and another from his Senate campaign. The first called on President Obama to "chart a new course" on job creation; the second accused Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of being a "dutiful conveyor" of Obama's policies.
"Overregulation, uncertain tax rates, exploding healthcare costs and the unbridled expansion of the federal government have left job creators with no confidence to hire," Turner said in the statement. "What's worse is that Senator Gillibrand has been a dutiful conveyor of the President's destructive agenda despite its harm on hardworking New Yorkers."
Another candidate, Wendy Long, focused on the economy's impact on women, in an attempt to undercut the "war on women" narrative that's been pushed by Democrats and Gillibrand in particular.
“The lack of job opportunities for women is made even more galling by the incessant pandering to women by President Obama and Senator Gillibrand, who raise phony and misleading claims about a variety of gender issues in a so-called ‘war on women.’ What hits women hardest is the lack of jobs for themselves, not to mention their husbands and children.”
(The sharpest jab in the release was attributed to Long's spokesman Dave Catalfamo, who accused Gillibrand of raising taxes and adding regulations "when she is not busy promoting her book club, deleting her tweets, or advancing her phony war on women.")
Gillibrand currently enjoys a sizable lead in the polls and has a lot more money than any of her challengers.
“While we have seen some positive improvement in the economy as we recover from the Great Recession, we are not recovering quickly enough for New York families and there is much more work to be done," said Glen Caplin, a spokesman for Gillibrand. "Rather than go back to the same tired policies that created this mess as some of her colleagues have been advocating, Senator Gillibrand believes we must make targeted investments in areas like manufacturing to see ‘Made in America’ again right here in New York State.”