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May 20, 2019

Brooklyn state Senate hopeful Julia Salazar criticized for abortion flip

September 29, 2018
State Senate candidate Julia Salazar speaks at her and Governor candidate Cynthia Nixon’s Cross-Endorsement announcement in Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn on Monday, July 2, 2018. (Sam Fuller / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

She has already been outed as a former Republican, and now a state senate candidate is under fire for neglecting to report her income as a nanny and leading an anti-abortion group in college.

Julia Salazar is among a new wave of socialist Democrats hoping to ride the populist wave of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders into elected office. Salazar, in particular, is trying to follow in the footsteps of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and deliver a primary upset.

But Brooklyn incumbent state Sen. Martin Malave Dilan is holding his ground, challenging Salazar’s residency, blasting her unitemized contributions and criticizing the former Florida resident’s flip-flop on abortion and for failing to document her nanny income.

“Maybe a challenger who was a Florida Republican until last year does not know New York law, but it appears she has questions to answer about why she was not filing tax returns while, as she herself claimed, she was living and working in New York,” said Bob Liff, a spokesman for Dilan’s campaign.

“Whether listing $70,000 of her contributions as ‘unitemized,’ shifting her position from anti-abortion to pro-choice as she considered a political future, or parachuting into a district where she has not lived to run for office, she should know that transparency is essential for voters to assess those who want to represent them.”

A Salazar spokesman, Michael Kinnucan, said the candidate’s abortion position has “evolved” since her college days at Columbia University, where she served as the president of Columbia Right to Life.

“She believes that reproductive freedom, including unrestricted access to abortion, is a human right, and she looks forward to working as a state senator to pass the Reproductive Health Act and codify Roe v. Wade in New York law,” Kinnucan said in a statement.

Kinnucan added that Salazar has received thousands of allowable small-dollar contributions. Although there is no requirement to itemize them, Kinnucan said the campaign has since detailed those donations in the interest of transparency.

Salazar has won the backing of Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated veteran Queens Rep. Joseph Crowley in the June Democratic congressional primary, and actress Cynthia Nixon, who is facing off against Gov. Cuomo in the Sept. 13 Democratic gubernatorial primary.

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