PLATTSBURGH — Candidate for U.S. Senate Wendy Long will attend a fundraiser in Plattsburgh tonight.
Long, a Republican from New York City, will be the guest at the Upstate New York Tea Party function from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Comfort Inn on Route 3. Long is seeking to unseat Democrat incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand.
“Our debt just passed a staggering $16 trillion today (Tuesday), suffocating job creation, mortgaging our children’s future and threatening to plunge us back into recession,” Long said in a statement.
“Sadly, Kirsten Gillibrand refuses to even acknowledge the national debt as one of the most serious issues facing America, let alone pass a budget or take any steps to reduce spending.”
Long said she is working with UNYTEA and other voters from around the state to bring “fiscal sanity” back to Washington, D.C.
UNYTEA Chairman Mark L. Barie said it is time to send a fiscal conservative to serve in the Senate.
“Wendy Long is not afraid to fight the tax-and-spend liberals which have dominated the U.S. Senate,” Barie said.
“We Republicans won the House in 2010. We can win the Senate in 2012.”
Gillibrand’s camp said she is working on growing the economy to reduce the deficit.
“That’s why she is focused on cutting middle-class taxes and fighting hard for programs that will ensure we see “Made in America” again and (she) opposes extending budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans,” Spokesman Glen Caplin, said.
The fundraiser costs $25 per person or $40 per