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Cuomo aide mocks GOP Senate deputy’s hairline


ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo is hitting above the hairline.

A Cuomo spokesman on Tuesday took aim at the hairpiece worn by state Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco after the GOP’s newest gubernatorial contender said the governor was not a friend of the taxpayer.

“That statement is about as real as his hairline,” Azzopardi said in tweet about DeFrancisco’s comment.

DeFrancisco, a Syracuse-area Republican, referred to Azzopardi’s tweet during his campaign kickoff Tuesday, citing it as an example of Cuomo’s tendency to resort to personal attacks.

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“It’s a perfect Cuomo response because when faced with a logical argument he has no logical retort, so he has got to go to a personal type of comment,” DeFrancisco said.

During his remarks, DeFrancisco attacked Cuomo as a failed leader who has wasted billions of dollars on economic development projects that benefitted his campaign donors and furthered his own political agenda.

A Cuomo spokesman to a shot at DeFrancisco's hairline after the Republican took shots at the governor. 

(Hans Pennink/AP)

DeFrancisco, 71, is the third Republican to enter the race, joining Assembly GOP leader Brian Kolb and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra.

In a statement, State Democratic Party Executive Director Geoff Berman attacked both DeFrancisco and Kolb as “Trump Mini-Mes.”

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"These Republican candidates have shown their party's true colors — deep red,” Berman said. “The moderate Republican Party is dead in New York and has been taken over by the extreme conservatives who shaped the Trump candidacy.”