Mel Brooks Records Telephone Endorsement in NY Senate Race

The comedian is stumping for great nephew Todd Kaminsky, who is running to fill the seat vacated by Dean Skelos, who was convicted on corruption charges

Mel Brooks is calling.

Says the entertainer: "Yes, it really is Mel Brooks."

The telephone recording is for his great-nephew, who's running for the New York state Senate on Long Island.

The automated call urges voters to support Democrat Todd Kaminsky in next Tuesday's special election. Brooks made a similar endorsement two years ago when Kaminsky won a seat in the state Assembly.

In the call, Brooks mostly avoids making gags and instead reminds voters to vote. He urges them to write down the election date: April 19.

Advises the comedian: "You're liable to forget."

A spokesman for Kaminsky's Republican opponent, Chris McGrath, did not immediately comment.

The seat became open after incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Skelos was convicted of corruption charges.

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