Senator Celebrates ‘Happy Cows’

By John Celock

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is touting “happy cows” as part of his bid for a fourth term.

Schumer released a new ad Tuesday focusing on his work promoting the Greek yogurt industry and agriculture in New York. Schumer ends the ad holding a cow and saying that the yogurt industry has been a job creation engine for the state.

“Healthier lunches, good jobs, happy cows. It is all good for New York,” Schumer said.

The ad notes that Schumer pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to place Greek yogurt on school lunch menus around the country. The push was a boon to dairy farmers in New York, who have been supplying the milk for the yogurt. The Greek yogurt industry has been a growth area within the Empire State’s agricultural sector.

While Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand (D), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is primarily associated with New York’s agricultural industry in the Senate, Schumer has also promoted the industry since entering the Senate in 1999. Schumer, who is the presumptive Democratic leader in the Senate, has been known for his annual tours of the state’s 62 counties. He has been honored by the New York State Farm Bureau as the “Brooklyn farmer.”

Schumer is considered the frontrunner in his November contest against Republican attorney Wendy Long. Long, who lost to Gilibrand in a landslide in 2012, has been trailing Schumer in money and the polls since being picked by GOP leaders earlier this year.