“If Julian Schreibman and his campaign staff can’t even figure out what towns are in the 19th district, how can we expect him to represent them in Congress?” asked Valle, the Gibson spokeswoman.
In another indication of the increasingly testy nature of the contest, the Schreibman camp called attention to the fact that a major labor union for government workers, AFSCME, has opted to spend more than $100,000 on television ads knocking Gibson’s congressional voting record.
Earlier this week, two Albany area television stations pulled ads that were paid for by the National Republican Campaign Committee and attacked Schreibman for his role in representing a white-collar crime defendant. While the ad claimed the client was guilty, a judge who presided over the trial tossed out the conviction declaring there was insufficient evidence against him. Although the NRCC agreed to withdraw the ads, the group said it wanted to show Schreibman “profited” by representing white-collar defendants.
Otsego County Democratic Chairman Richard Abbate said he believes Schreibman has gained momentum in recent weeks. “This is definitely a winnable district for Democrats,” he said.
Gibson and Schreibman are scheduled to face off in a debate at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the State University College at Oneonta’s Craven Lounge at Morris Hall. That debate is sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
In addition to holding the Republican line, Gibson also is running on the Independence Party and Conservative Party lines. Schreibman, in addition to being the Democratic candidate, is also backed by the Working Families Party.