After an exhausting 17-month slog through a crowded primary field, Antonio Delgado coasted to a decisive election night victory on Tuesday in the Democratic primary for New York’s 19th Congressional District.
Some photos and words from primary night with the Beals, Rhodes and Delgado campaigns.
Hugh sizes up the Democratic Congressional primary race.
Tuesday, June 26: Wooing a party base fired up by the election of Donald Trump and Faso’s perceived vulnerability, the candidates have jostled for the “true progressive” mantle while trying to make the case that they can prevail in a congressional district where success has dangled just out of reach for three election cycles.
To a greater or lesser degree, six of the candidates are running on their potential to serve our community. Dave Clegg is running on his record of serving our community. His work in helping to found Ulster’s Habitat for Humanity and the Darmstadt homeless shelter, as well as his service on the county Human Rights Commission, the board of the Caring Hands Soup Kitchen and as public defender stands head and shoulders above the local achievements of any other candidate.
Clegg picked up the support of former county surrogate court judge Mary Work; Delgado, the wife and daughter of long-time Congressman Maurice Hinchey; Rhodes, several unions; and Flynn, the Latino Democrats of Dutchess County.
The New York Times says Gareth Rhodes is the best candidate to take on and beat John Faso and this Friday’s This American Life will feature candidate Jeff Beals talking “frankly on the record … about all the stuff going on behind the scenes.”
Do you think the system is rigged in favor of corporations and the rich and against everyone else? That fundraising success in a candidate is a signal that they’ll be on the side of the big money and against the little guy when it counts, no matter what they tell you? That we need a sharp-elbowed fighter openly antagonistic to Wall Street, corporate America and members of his own party willing to play ball with those forces? That Democrats are losing not because they aren’t appealing to moderates but because they aren’t supporting bold and sweeping proposals that directly address the problems of the 99 percent? Then Jeff Beals just may be your guy.
A local town official, when asked what she thinks of the candidate, says, “She got into the race late, so she’s got a tough road ahead. She has the agricultural community on her side. She’s young and female. Those are all good.”
His weekends include shuttling among forums, meet-and-greets, and festivals where he can chat with voters. On weekdays, he goes to meetings with local Democratic committees and groups representing specific issues such as opioid recovery or Medicare for all. “This Tuesday, we hit meetings in all five counties,” Flynn says.