Pro-Ryan Super PAC buys anti-Delgado poll

Congressional candidate Antonio Delgado called out Democratic rival Pat Ryan last week for a poll that a pro-Ryan Super PAC reported buying in opposition to Delgado, arguing it violated a positive-campaign pledge taken by six of the seven Democratic candidates in New York’s 19th Congressional District race.

Delgado’s campaign noted that the Super PAC – called With Honor Fund, Inc. – spent $3,500 on polling to support Ryan and $14,000 on polling to oppose Delgado on May 29, the same day the candidates promised not to attack one another and to oppose negative ads by outside groups. Both Delgado and Citizen Action of New York – a group that has endorsed Delgado – criticized the negative poll and called on Ryan to condemn it.

“The last thing NY-19 needs is outside big money groups to be directing negative campaign ads toward a possible Democratic challenger to John Faso, and that is exactly what a negative poll leads to,” said Jessica Wisneski, deputy director of Citizen Action of New York.

Ryan campaign spokesman Tim Wagner responded that his campaign had nothing to do with the poll and is prohibited by law from coordinating with independent expenditure groups. “The campaign has not gone negative,” he said. “We stand by the pledge.”

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