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American Action Network Targets Davis

Look no further than American Action Network’s mailings for proof that conservative groups believe that tearing down Jack Davis is the key to winning western New York’s special election next week.

AAN, one of the many conservative outside groups now active in New York’s 26th district, will distribute three pieces of mail in the days leading up to the May 24 election. Davis, a third-party candidate, prominently figures in all three, which will be sent to “older conservative voters,” according to AAN spokesman Jim Landry.

Democrat Kathy Hochul is largely ignored.

“Seniors Can’t Trust Jack Davis,” says a headline in the first piece of mail, which is expected to begin arriving in western New York mailboxes Wednesday. That mailer is the only one of the three to highlight Republican nominee Jane Corwin.

The second, set to arrive in mailboxes Thursday, attacks Davis’ business practices. “You Can’t Trust Jack Davis,” it says twice in large letters.

The third, which will arrive locally Friday, is perhaps the nastiest of the three.

It quotes a Roll Call story from mid-March that identifies Davis’ political baggage that opponents might target if they deem him a threat. Apparently, the American Action Network does.

“The Davis campaign had previously been accused of petition fraud, and allegations surfaced in 2008 that the three-time failed Democratic candidate paid off Independence Party leaders to help secure their endorsement,” a part of the final mailer says.

AAN spent “in the low six figures” on the mailers and online advertising, according to Landry.

Davis was also the target of dual Tea Party Express events Monday. His campaign dismissed the outside attacks.

“Jane Corwin has outsourced her campaign to the lobbyists and Washington insiders that have outsourced our jobs,” Davis campaign manager Curtis Ellis said. “The Tea Party Express is financed by these special interests. Jack Davis is the only candidate in this race who shares our western New York values and who will fight for American jobs. Jack Davis cannot be bought.”