The Balter Wrap – 4 Weeks Until Election Day

The race for Congress in the 24th District got a lot more interesting this week, as the Balter campaign has announced their status, 4 weeks before Election Day reporting a significant surge in support and momentum:


  • Balter was endorsed by President Obama as part of his second wave in the 2018 elections, along with state Senate candidates John Mannion and Rachel May



Meanwhile, Congressman John Katko searched for ways to change the subject:


“Katko, a second-term congressman, did not say whether the FBI should re-open its investigation of Kavanaugh to examine the charges made by Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were high school students.

Katko also would not say whether the Senate should ask for sworn testimony from Mark Judge, the Kavanaugh friend who Blasey Ford said witnessed the assault in the early 1980s.”



On the issues:

  • Meanwhile, Balter joined over 100 House challengers pledging to make government and election reform their first priority in 2019
  • And the National Rifle Association repaid Congressman Katko’s loyalty by endorsing him this week. Katko has been a key ally for the gun group:
    • He sponsored their high-priority concealed carry reciprocity legislation
    • And recently introduced a weakened “Red Flag” bill that muddies the waters on state efforts to remove guns from the hands of people judged a threat to themselves or others – by endorsing him.


  • But the state-level New Yorkers Against Gun Violence endorsed Balter in part because of her support for “universal background checks for gun purchases and the restoration of the 1994 assault weapons ban. She has called for the repeal of the Dickey Amendment, which prohibits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching the effects of gun violence.” It’s Balter’s second major endorsement from gun violence prevention groups in two weeks.


In the District:

Balter kept up her pace, crisscrossing central and western New York to campaign this week.




  • She visited with ACR Health in Syracuse to learn more about the vital health services provided by the organization.


Two new TV ads from the candidates this week:

  • Balter’s latest ad call Katko a Trump yes-man who votes with the President over 90% of the time: Ninety Percent


  • And Congressman Katko misleads on healthcare in his new ad, using newspaper op-eds to support his claims.