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U.S. Chamber of Commerce targets Hochul in new ad

   Republican congressional hopefuls Chris Collins and David Bellavia are getting some free help already from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as the GOP-friendly lobby group is targeting Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul with a new round of ads.

   The Associated Press reported that the ads hit Democratic incumbents over votes for President Obama's health care overhaul and backing his energy policies. They are slated to begin airing Wednesday and Thursday and run for 10 days to two weeks, part of a multimillion-dollar ad buy six months before the election.

   In New York, the Chamber is also running ads criticizing Democratic Reps. Tim Bishop, Bill Owens, and Louise Slaughter. It's running spots praising Republican Reps. Nan Hayworth, Ann Marie Buerkle and Chris Gibson, who face tough contests this November.

   "We're going to be going on offense, as well as protecting our friends in this round," Rob Engstrom, the national political director for the chamber, told AP.

--Robert J. McCarthy

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