The NY-19 congressional poll gave Faso a 45-40 advantage, but Delgado supporters see reasons for optimism.
The Republican incumbent’s charge that his opponent’s past lyrics “paint an ugly and false picture of America” drew nationwide coverage, due to the fact that Faso, a white Republican, was criticizing Delgado, a black Democrat, for expressing views not consistent with the majority white district. A New York Times article featured comments from a prominent SUNY professor that were also perceived as racially insensitive, prompting criticism and an apology.
Faso criticized the president’s words in a press conference in which he declined to place blame on the Russian president for meddling with the 2016 election.
New York 19th Congressional District hopeful Antonio Delgado is pushing back this week after Republican incumbent John Faso seized on an article in Monday’s New York Post highlighting lyrics from Delgado’s 2006 hip-hop album to argue that his opponent is out of step with the views of his would-be constituents.
“We look forward to working with [Congressman Faso] in the future,” said business owner Tony Montano. “He’s been a strong supporter of the industry.”
This afternoon, local organization Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson and allies held a protest at Congressman John Faso’s office in Kingston. The protest called on John Faso and Congress to pass a Clean Dream Act – permanent legislative protections for DACA recipients that do not include any funding for a border wall or immigration enforcement.
“We should never allow non-financial issues to shut down the government,” said the congressman, who faces reelection this November.
Faso said two provisions of the bill would be particularly bad for New York State’s economy: the removal of deductions for state income taxes and limits on deductions for local property taxes.
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.
A day short of eight months in office, Rep. John Faso faced constituents in a rare local town hall-style appearance in Port Ewen last night.