CLEVELAND – Wendy Long has accepted another tough assignment from the New York GOP.
After getting trounced in 2012 in a bid to unseat rookie Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the Manhattan attorney and former U.S. Supreme Court law clerk is trying again – this time against incumbent Sen. Charles E. Schumer.
Long appealed Tuesday to New York Republicans gathered in the Renaissance Hotel prior to the second session of the Republican National Convention for their help in taking on a Brooklyn-based Democrat who has never lost an election in more than 40 years and is expected to become the Senate’s Democratic leader in January.
But she appears to be latching onto the Donald Trump bandwagon as she made the case for her campaign during a breakfast address.
“How great would it be to have a native son lead us out of turmoil and trouble to peace and justice?” she said of Trump. “Someone who follows the rule of law and not the rule of mob.
“This is the path Donald Trump has set for our great nation and it’s the same path I’m on,” she added.
So far, that path is not leading to any measurable success. A new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows Trump trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton 47 to 35 percent, especially on the strength of women and New York City voters.
But Schumer’s female opponent from New York City is so far badly trailing Trump’s own double-digit deficit. Quinnipiac shows Schumer leading Long by a whopping 60 to 28 percent.
Long barely referenced her second long-shot for the Senate in four years during her Tuesday remarks, but seemed to have no trouble convincing fellow Republicans that it was time to deny Schumer a fourth term in the Senate.
“Chuck Schumer is the poster child for the corrupt establishment,” she said, launching a blistering critique of his Wall Street campaign contributions and official actions she says are too cozy with big business and media.
She also returned to the “New York values” theme initiated by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas during the April presidential primary, questioning whether Schumer or Hillary Clinton or Gov. Andrew Cuomo really represent New York values.
“It’s kind of embarrassing,” she said. “We know what real New York values are, and they are not them.”
It is expected that Long, who entered the campaign still in debt from her 2012 effort, will spend much of her time in Cleveland raising funds from top New York Republicans.