Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has cut an ad promoting Democrat Kathleen C. Hochul's campaign in the
26th Congressional District race. But the ad will only appear on the Internet, not on television.
The Democratic governor, who has no plans to personally campaign with Hochul before Tuesday's election, is dispatching his lieutenant governor, Robert Duffy, to the district, most likely on Monday. Duffy, a former mayor and police chief of Rochester, is especially popular on the eastern side of the sprawling district.
The 30-second ad by Cuomo comes from a governor who, according to a recent Siena College poll, has a 72 percent favorability rating in the district.
Local Democrats had been hoping for a Cuomo visit, but sources say that is unlikely. In a not-surprising move, Cuomo was also set Friday evening to formally endorse Hochul over Republican Jane Corwin and Tea Party candidate Jack Davis.
A spokesman for the Hochul campaign said it is too late to buy ad time on television for the Cuomo spot.
Curtis Ellis, spokesman for Tea Party candidate Jack Davis, said, "It's no surprise that one career politician supports another. Besides, Cuomo lost in the 26th District."