Opponents call Skoufis ad 'false and misleading'

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Opponents are calling an ad from Democratic Assemblyman James Skoufis' campaign 'false and misleading.'

The ad promises voters that the assemblyman will continue to cut taxes for the middle class if elected for the state Senate. The add states, "When you are elected on a promise to oppose tax hikes, you keep it."

However, Albany Republicans say the ad is a lie and should be taken down immediately.

GOP spokesperson Scott Reif tells News 12, "James Skoufis is claiming to have voted against any and all tax increases and that's just not true.

Reif says Skoufis voted for a $20 billion tax increase in the Assembly this year.

The GOP hopes opponent Tom Basile is elected come November. Basile, who is the Stony Point deputy town supervisor, also says the ad is untrue.

"The ad is fundamentally misleading, and what we've come to expect from Mr. Skoufis and his campaign," says Basile.

Skoufis, however, says he has voted against tax hikes 195 times. Skoufis says the tax hike he voted in favor of only taxed the state's mega wealthy.

"I've always stated and proudly hold the position that the very, very top, the point 1 percent, billionaires, multimillionaires ought to pay their fair share," says Skoufis.

Skoufis says Basile on the other hand has voted to raise local taxes. He says the ad will not be taken down.

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