By Bill Parry
The Democratic State Committee has nominated U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for a fourth term Monday. Schumer will likely become the Senate Democratic leader if re-elected in his race against the expected Republican nominee Wendy Long.
“I am honored to be nominated,” Schumer said. “The No. 1issue our country faces is the decline of the middle class. In my campaign, and should I be elected, I will do everything I can to make it easier for Americans and New Yorkers to stay in and get to the middle class. I will also continue to be every bit as accessible and focused on New York as I have been throughout my career in the Senate.”
Now in his 18th year, Schumer enjoys a 60 percent approval rating, according to a Sienna College poll in January. Gov. Andrew Cuomo endorsed Schumer’s nomination and called the 65-year-old incumbent “truly outstanding,” but the two leaders did not appear to speak to each other.
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