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Former CNY Congressional Candidate Activated for Yearlong Military Deployment

Syracuse, NY – In a video to be posted on social media, former NY-24 Democratic Congressional candidate, Syracuse resident, and Wayne County native Roger Misso announced that he will be recalled to active duty this summer for a yearlong military deployment in support of overseas contingency operations. In the video, Misso addresses his immediate political future and shares the reality faced by thousands of Reservists each year. A full transcript of the video is provided below:

“Hi everyone. This message is for all my friends, family, and followers here on social media, whether you came for the 2020 campaign or something else. It’s time to tell you that I will be stepping away for a while. As part of my commitment to the nation as a Navy Reservist, the nation has recalled me to active duty this summer for a yearlong deployment. While I don’t know exactly where I’ll be, I do know a few things to share with you:

First, I am focused on ensuring care for my family during my absence, and really appreciate the friends and family who have stepped up in this regard. While we are leaving CNY for a bit, I know we will be back.

Second, I will not be a candidate for Chair of the Onondaga County Democratic Committee this fall. While I am sad to see this opportunity pass by, I am confident that the committee will choose a new leader, when the time comes, who can lead with unity and integrity and who will build an active party structure focused on voter turnout so that we can get back to winning in November.

Third, I will not be a candidate for Onondaga County Executive next fall, either. While I hope to return home before next November’s election, I know I won’t be back in time to build the kind of campaign that the voters of Onondaga County deserve. And I think we can all agree that they deserve a heck of a lot better than fish in an aquarium these days.

All that to say: you will still hear from me. I will use my voice, as appropriate, to advocate for better government and better problem solvers in that government.

But my story is not unique. Every year, thousands of Reservists step up to answer the call of service, putting their civilian lives on hold to be where the nation needs, when the nation needs them. I’m proud of that.

But if I’m being honest, this feels like a pretty crappy time to leave. So much is at stake here at home. And my heart will be here with my family and all of you fighting to restore a woman’s right to choose, a child’s right to live free from gun violence, and the next generation’s right to live in a world that is left to them better than we ourselves found it.

So it feels like a bad time to leave. But I know I’m leaving it in good hands with all of you.

And while I have to step away for a while to fight for our home in uniform again, know that I’ll be back to fight for our home side-by-side with all of you to build it back up again brick-by-brick, block-by-block, the only way we know how.

Thank you, good luck to all of you, and godspeed.”

The social media posts containing this video will be posted at 7am ET on Roger’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages.

You can view an embargoed video link on Youtube at this link.

The views expressed here are the author’s alone and do not constitute endorsement by the US Department of Defense or any entity thereof.

 

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