Cuomo Says He ‘Didn’t Know’ About Mailer Aligning Nixon With Anti-Semitism, Despite Aide Pitching Related Opposition Research

Washington Free Beacon | 9/12/2018 | Cameron Cawthorne
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BY: Cameron Cawthorne

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) on Sunday said he "didn't know" about a New York Democratic Party mailer labeling his progressive opponent Cynthia Nixon as someone who condones anti-Semitism, but a day before the campaign mailers surfaced, one of his top campaign aides pitched a story to the New York Post about her opposition to Israeli settlements.

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The campaign aide used an official "" account and pitched the opposition research to the news outlet, saying they should run a story about Nixon’s support of the pro-Palestinian BDS–which stands for boycott, divestment, and sanctions–movement against Israel, according to the Post.

"Nixon has supported insidious BDS campaign, signing onto letter boycotting Israel," the aide said. "Obviously something you guys have reported on a lot and right before the jewish high holidays! Can get you folks on the record slamming her as well."

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The email included multiple excerpts of news reports from 2010, detailing how Nixon was part of a group of approximately 200 American celebrities, including many Jews, who signed a letter advocating a boycott by Israeli actors, directors and playwrights of a new theater in Ariel, one of the largest Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Nixon's alleged support of the BDS movement was one of three bullet points used in a pro-Cuomo mailer that was sent out less than a week before Thursday's Democratic primary.

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"With anti-Semitism and bigotry on the rise, we can’t take a chance with inexperienced Cynthia Nixon, who won’t stand strong for our Jewish communities," the mailer said.

In addition to the email, the Cuomo aide attempted to pitch the reporter through text messages, including a text that said, "Hey I got something for you on nixon….I’m going to email to you. But not from me."

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Despite the attempts to to have the Post publish the accusation, which is...
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