On the same day a Republican super PAC released an ad linking him to disgraced ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Democratic congressional candidate Anthony Brindisi unveiled his own commercial touting his role in Silver's ouster.
Brindisi, D-Utica, released the ad titled, "Anyone," which details his role in pushing Silver to resign after the former Assembly speaker was indicted on federal corruption charges.
The ad will air in the Binghamton and Utica media markets, both of which are within the 22nd Congressional District.
A 2015 Wall Street Journal story named Brindisi as one of six Assembly Democratic members who called for the leadership change.
"It did matter that it was my own party. The corruption had to stop," Brindisi said in his new ad. "In Congress, I'll work with anyone who wants to get things done. But I'll also stand up to anyone who wants to hurt New York."
Brindisi, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney in the 22nd district, has been linked to Silver by Republicans. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC endorsed by House Republican leaders, released an ad Tuesday that calls Brindisi Silver's "go-to-guy" in Albany.
The commercial also claims that Brindisi voted with Silver more than 90 percent of the time.
The 22nd district race is expected to be one of the most competitive House contests in the country. President Donald Trump visited Utica last week to headline a fundraiser for Tenney, a freshman Republican who has worked closely with the president.
Political forecasters rate the race as a toss up.