11:55 am Aug. 20, 2012
A day after a Siena/Buffalo News poll found Rep. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, in a statistical dead heat with her Republican challenger, she's out with an ad touting her independence and fiscal conservatism.
Both will play well in the Republican-leaning NY-27 district, where the poll found Hochul trailing her Republican challenger, Chris Collins, among independent voters, 47-41 percent. Collins, for his part, is reminding voters that Hochul and President Barack Obama are in the same party and work in tandem.
The ad is shot in someone's home (a very un-Washington setting) and makes no reference to political parties, or any national figures. It's Hochul, talking straight to camera, about voting for a balanced budget amendment and cutting aid to Pakistan.
The point Hochul's campaign wants to emphasize is that she's "bucking her own party."
The poll on Sunday found a majority of district voters who want to cut government spending, mostly by repealing the presidential's health care legislation.
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