Only one day after winning the GOP U.S. Senate primary, Wendy Long is already starting to look ahead to November. Long will square off against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the general election. YNN's Zack Fink has more on the upcoming race.
NEW YORK STATE -- Early in her victory speech on Tuesday night, Manhattan attorney Wendy Long talked about the role of gender in politics.
"Senator Gillibrand keeps saying she wants to see more women in politics. Well tonight, I am here to grant her wish," said Long.
Long is blasting the Democratic Party for trying to construct a narrative about a GOP war against women.
"I think it's a very phony thing. I think it's been concocted by the Democratic Party because they have such a poor record on jobs and the economy. And taxes and debt and deficits. The things that really matter to voters," said Long.
Long said her candidacy takes Democratic arguments about women's issues off the table. Although Naral, the pro-choice group, has already endorsed Gillibrand. Senator Gillibrand said she called Long to congratulate her on Tuesday. However, she declined to go after her opponent, opting instead to talk about the work she is doing in the U.S. Senate.
"My job is to bring people together to focus on core common values and pass legislation. That's why we worked so hard to pass the 9/11 Health Bill and got a unanimous vote on that. And that's what I'm going to do on the economy," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Long received the backing of the state Republican Party in March. She also got the early endorsement of the state's Conservative Party.
"Political novice, yes. But that may be precisely what the voters want to see, a fresh face. Someone who says what they mean and means what they say," said Michael Long, New York Conservative Party Chairman.
Michael Long, who is not related to the candidate, went on to say that it could be a tough race for any Republican in a solid Democratic state like New York during a presidential election year. However, he and members of the Republican Party seem eager to try and shape the debate as we head into the fall.