Democrats, we need some star action here in Syracuse, New York. If you don’t have some big name people arrive soon to lavish some support on Dana Balter you will lose this seat in the House of Representatives. Some funding is also desperately needed. Aren’t there any billionaire Democrats in New York?
Dana Balter wants to replace John Katko as the Representative holding the New York 24thDistrict seat in the House of Representatives and many of us would like that very much. Dana Balter certainly has the intelligence for the job. There is also evidence, in terms of her take on the issues and her close relationship with her brother who has some hereditary challenges, that she exhibits the compassion for others that seems to be missing in the 115thCongress and, to some degree, in her opponent John Katko, who seems to be a more “tough love” kind of person.
Katko can see that there are people in his district who disapprove of some of the policies coming out of Washington, but he refuses to give them a face-to-face listen. He seems fearful of dissent and unwilling to entertain any views other than those he has arrived at through his own experiences. He has essentially disenfranchised a fairly large share of his constituency. But John Katko is the incumbent and incumbents have an enormous edge against new political candidates.
Clearly, Conservatives in Washington want John Katko to retain his seat in the 116thCongress when it convenes after the election.
That’s why Mike Pence and his wife came to Syracuse in June.
Mike Pence visits Syracuse today to raise money, tout Trump tax overhaul
“Vice President Mike Pence plans to spend four hours in the Syracuse area today, promoting the Republican tax overhaul and raising money for Rep. John Katko’s reelection campaign.
Mike Pence will be the featured speaker at a $1,000-per-plate fundraiser for Katko at noon at the Embassy Suites hotel next to Destiny USA in Syracuse. The White House said the event will be closed to the public, and no press will be allowed inside the banquet facility.”
Then Ivanka made her way to Syracuse, not exactly a fashion-forward destination, to announce her father’s new job’s training initiative and to bring three deserving Syracuse student to Washington to sign the bill. I don’t want to be cynical because Syracuse needs these kinds of programs, but the timing also could not hurt in John Katko’s campaign as the incumbent for the 24thDistrict seat.
Ivanka Trump tells execs at White House: Syracuse tech students an inspiration
President Donald Trump signs an executive order on job training as three Syracuse high school graduates, from left, William DeJesus, Robert Felder and Lilly La, watch in the East Room of the White House. Ivanka Trump, fourth from left, invited the students to the ceremony on Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Washington. (Andrew Harnik | AP Photo)
“Last week in Syracuse, New York, I met several recent high school graduates who join us today,” Ivanka Trump told the executives. “Through the Pathways to Technology Program they each graduated with more than 20 college credits and experienced interning in fields such as science, manufacturing and electrical engineering.”
Dems please note the large election fund gap between John Katko and your candidate, Dana Balter. If you want to win this seat you need to find some more dollars for Ms. Balter.
John Katko has $1.2M edge over Dana Balter in NY-24 campaign for Congress
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Katko begins his reelection bid against Democrat Dana Balter with a $1.2 million advantage over his opponent in available campaign funds, federal records show.
Katko, R-Camillus, had $1.3 million in cash in his campaign account, while Balter had $101,112 as of June 6, according to reports the campaigns filed with the Federal Election Commission in Washington.
Balter had to burn through some of that cash as she battled to win a Democratic primary campaign on Tuesday against Juanita Perez Williams in the 24th Congressional District.
That leaves Katko with a lopsided advantage that will allow him to outspend Balter on campaign advertising.
Please do not let John Katko represent us again, at least without putting up a fierce though fair fight.