Anti-Cuomo ad uses D-Day to raise money for challenger

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An online video supporting the Republican candidate for governor in New York urged viewers to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day on Friday by contributing money to defeat Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whom the ad called a tyrant.

The video features photos of American soldiers storming the Normandy beaches as well as photos of the Republican candidate, Rob Astorino, who’s the Westchester County executive. Photos of Cuomo were accompanied by text declaring a “solemn obligation” to “remove tyrants.”

It was created by a group of Astorino supporters as part of an effort they called the “D-Day Money Bomb,” designed to raise as much money for the candidate as possible in 24 hours. According to the video’s website, $15,000 had been raised for Astorino’s campaign by 5 p.m. Friday.

Democrats said the ad was in poor taste.

Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud said the video isn’t affiliated with the campaign.

“We’re enormously grateful for whatever outside, grassroots help we can get,” she wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “But we would always prefer that discretion be used in imagery. We have passed along our feelings about this, along with our thank yous for the support.”

The ad also criticizes the Common Core curriculum and the SAFE Act, a gun control measure championed by Cuomo.

Attempts to reach the video’s creator were unsuccessful Friday.

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