Faso is a smooth operator. This doesn’t necessarily mean slippery or evasive, as some critics contended, though he was that and more on occasion.
Many of the about 500 attendees at last week’s meet-the-Democratic-congressional-candidates night at Kingston’s Old Dutch Church got their first look at the contenders who seek to oppose first-term Republican incumbent John Faso of Kinderhook.
It’s probably not a good thing when a freshman congressman gets huge headlines after announcing his first town hall meeting with his constituents eight months into his term.
According to a recent survey, 57 percent of the 56,000 registered voters in the 19th congressional district who are not enrolled in any political party failed to vote. A huge voting block is up for grabs— if only the candidates can put together an attractive message to reach them.
In the crowded field of Democrats in the 19th Congressional District seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) next year, two have taken the lead in one respect — outraising the incumbent in what most observers expect to be an expensive race.
As new candidates enter the already crowded field for the Democratic congressional nomination next year, the odds for bottom-feeders can only improve.
The two are vying for the 19th Congressional District seat, which current Rep. Chris Gibson is vacating.
Filings with the Federal Elections Commission show that Democrat Zephyr Teachout has outraised Republican John Faso in the race for the 19th Congressional District by relying largely on small donations from her activist base. Faso, meanwhile, holds an edge in outside spending by political action committees supporting his candidacy.
John Faso says he supports the ticket that was the product of the nomination process, but hasn’t endorsed Donald J. Trump and isn’t sure he’ll vote for him. This hair-splitting might be wise: In the most recent poll, Trump held a five-point lead over Clinton, including an 18-point lead with independent voters across the 11 counties which comprise the 19th Congressional District,
Thoughts on the Teachout-Faso debate and another county budget without a tax hike.