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:
- Dana Balter will report raising over $1.5 million from July 1st through September 30th, a new record for Syracuse-area congressional candidates.
- 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
- The Cook Political Report, one of the most respected watchers of state and federal races around the country, noted Balter’s fundraising and the district’s history, upgrading the competitive level of the contest between Balter and Congressman John Katko.
- House Majority PAC, a national group, placed a $1 million ad buy against Katko, highlighting his vote for the Trump tax plan
Meanwhile, Congressman John Katko searched for ways to change the subject:
- Katko tried to challenge Balter on who she would support for Speaker of the House, despite taking the same position in 2014
- The Congressman dodged questions on the Kavanaugh confirmation process
“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.”
- And Katko showed his true colors by voting for permanent tax cuts instead of pushing for – or even signing on to – a long term reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act
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 held a press conference and door knocking event with labor leaders
- Balter dropped by Super Dirt Week 47 at the Oswego Speedway
- Launched a canvassing event in Oswego
- 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.