Thursday, August 5, 2010

Comaianni Anti Miller Posters Not Mine by Daniel Bush - Leader-Observer

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Let the mud-slinging begin.

Nick Comaianni says his campaign is not responsible for a series of ugly attack posters that questioned his opponent Assemblyman Mike Miller's sexual orientation and legislative record in Albany.

One poster, made to look like a cover of the Daily News, accused Miller of vowing to save MTA services - then voting to cut them. Another reportedly called Miller a “fairy.”

They were distributed around the Forest Park Co-op complex where Comaianni lives, beside his own campaign posters, and hung on bus stops along Myrtle Avenue.

“Just because I'm running against Mike Miller doesn't mean I'm putting this stuff up,” said Comaianni. “I would never do that.”

He added that he doesn't condone the posters' message. “There's no place in politics for personal attack,” said Comaianni, the president of School District 24's Community Education Council.

Comaianni, whose platform is based on improving education, senior services and growing small businesses, has been critical of Miller's performance since he was elected last year.

Miller represents the 38th Assembly District, which includes the neighborhoods of Glendale, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and Ozone Park.

He said with the posters the race has taken an ugly turn, and dismissed any claims that he voted in favor of cutting MTA services. “That was done in the budget deficit reduction plan,” he said.

Miller added he isn't planning to respond with attack posters in retaliation. “I don't do negative stuff,” he said. "I'm going to let my record stand for itself.”