Actor and Hurley resident Diane Neal will appear on the ballot for the New York 19th Congressional District after successfully appealing a ruling from the state board of elections.
The NY-19 congressional poll gave Faso a 45-40 advantage, but Delgado supporters see reasons for optimism.
John Faso and his Republican surrogates have attacked Antonio Delgado over his former occupation as a rapper, despite Faso himself having no rapping experience whatsoever. Not even a mixtape.
Two independent candidates for Congress in New York’s 19th district, Diane Neal of Hurley and Dal Lamagna of Rhinebeck, are challenging the state Board of Elections’ decision last week that knocked them off November’s ballot.
Gerald Benjamin is a long-serving assistant vice president and former dean at the university and head of his eponymous regional public policy research center at the campus. He is quoted in The New York Times saying that he did not believe rap was “real music.” He said his comments were off the mark in part because of his self-professed ignorance of the genre.
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.
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.
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.