The political fundraising arm of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) union, VOTE-COPE, is being condemned on both sides of the political aisle for sending out literature attacking Republicans that uses images of battered women.

One such image, shown below, goes after Republican Mark Grisanti, who is in a three-way race to represent the 60th State Senate District. The mailer shows a woman with black eyes and severe facial bruising, accompanied by the statement “Mark Grisanti won’t protect her from her abuser.”

A similar mailer has cropped up in other Senate Districts as well, against Republicans Sue Serino and Terrence Murphy in the Hudson Valley. The campaign against Serino, shown below, features the same woman and draws a tenuous connection between physical abuse and Serino’s refusal to embrace either abortion or the popular liberal myth that women don’t earn the same pay for the same work:

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