Near the end of yesterday’s WAMC debate, the candidates for New York’s 19th Congressional District were asked which presidential candidate they voted for in 2016. Incumbent Republican John Faso gave the shortest answer. “I voted for Gary Johnson,” he said, referring to the libertarian candidate. “I think that suffices.”
Perhaps our famously sensitive president missed that answer, because this morning President Donald Trump announced his enthusiastic support for Faso via Twitter.
Congressman John Faso of New York has worked hard and smart. Strong on Crime, Borders and our 2nd Amendment, John is respected by all. Vote for John. He has my complete and total Endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2018
The Faso campaign had no immediate comment on the president’s endorsement.
The president’s endorsement for Faso comes just as the freshman congressman’s chief opponent, Democrat Antonio Delgado, is preparing to welcome former vice president Joe Biden to the district for a rally in Kingston this Friday. Delgado previously picked up the endorsement of former President Barack Obama in August.
Donald Trump won the 19th district by 6.8 points in 2016.
The congressional race is a dead heat. According to a Siena Poll of likely voters released yesterday, Faso has 44 percent to Delgado’s 43 percent, followed by independent candidate Diane Neal, 5 percent, and Green Party candidate Steve Greenfield, 1 percent, with 7 percent undecided.