Posted at: 10/11/2012 4:03 PM
Updated at: 10/11/2012 4:27 PM
By: Bill Lambdin
ALBANY - With just 26 days until the election, time is running out for Republican Wendy Long.
Independent public polling has been sparse. Last month Quinnipiac had incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ahead by 37 percentage points.
Long told reporters her grassroots campaign is starting to get traction.
"Well, I think we're moving in the right direction, that's for sure," Long said. "I was very gratified to see some outside groups coming in and doing some significant TV buys for me upstate so I expect to see that needle moving."
Her focus Thursday was on Gillibrand's failure to support the development of shale gas, basically through hydrofracking.
"She's cast her lot with the far left environmental lobby, the celebrity lobbyists, you know, the movie stars who may have second homes up here but who don't care about jobs in New York," Long said. "These are the people who contribute to her campaign. They're the people she's aligned with politically and she has their interests at heart and not the interests of people who need jobs in New York."
Long argues that developing the Utica shale deposit and the Marcellus shale that is closer to the surface would bring many good paying jobs and spur economic development.