Grace Meng throws Paul Ryan at her Republican opponent

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Grace Meng. (Azi Paybarah.)
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Democratic congressional candidate Grace Meng thinks Rep. Paul Ryan's selection as Mitt Romney's vice presidential candidate is evidence that the Republican Party "has officially derailed and fallen completely out of touch with middle class families, senior citizens" and voters in Queens.

In a statement, Meng, an assemblywoman, linked her Republican opponent, Councilman Dan Halloran, to Ryan's budget plan, which calls for major cuts in government spending.

"Instead of ensuring that the wealthiest one percent of Americans pay their fair share, the Halloran/Romney/Ryan plan seeks to balance the federal budget on the backs of middle class families and senior citizens."

When asked for a comment about Ryan's selection, a spokesman for Hallaron declined to comment directly, other than calling the remarks a distraction.

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"She's found some pretty creative ways to run from her president's failed economy," said the spokesman, Steven Stites. "But New Yorkers know she'd just be a rubber stamp for more Obama tax hikes and bailouts."

Meng and Halloran are running in the newly drawn 6th congressional seat in eastern Queens.