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Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul has spent much of her 2012 re-election campaign dancing around her relationship with President Obama, but apparently she has no problem embracing former President Bill Clinton.
The Hochul campaign announced Tuesday that Clinton will campaign Friday in Rochester for her and for Rep. Louise N. Slaughter, D-Fairport. Both women are locked in races against tough Republican opponents – Hochul against former Erie County Executive Chris Collins, and Slaughter against Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.
“It is a tremendous privilege to welcome President Clinton to Monroe County,” said Hochul, D-Hamburg. “President Clinton represents the very best of bipartisan leadership, and his record demonstrates the positive progress we can make when Democrats and Republicans work together.”
The event will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Collins has spent much of his campaign linking Hochul to Obama. The tactic has forced Hochul to distance herself from the president on some occasions as she touts her “independence.”
But Clinton has always fared well in New York and upstate, and his visit is seen as a major boost to Hochul, who is locked in a tie with Collins, according to the latest Siena Research Institute poll conducted for The Buffalo News and WGRZ-TV.

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