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Republican Rob Astorino has released a provocative TV spot that mimics a 1964 ad to attack Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
It opens with a child counting daisy petals. A narrator issues a count-down. Then there’s a loud explosion and a huge cloud erupts that morphs into Cuomo’s face.
Superimposed are the words “Andrew Cuomo under federal investigation for corruption, witness tampering, obstruction of justice.”
The voice ominously says: “These are the stakes. Do we re-elect a governor who may end up in jail?”
Cuomo’s campaign had no immediate response Monday.
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Cuomo meddled with his state-anti-corruption commission. He has denied any wrongdoing.
The so-called “daisy girl” ad helped Lyndon Johnson defeat Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election.