A campaign update provided by the Dana Balter Campaign: “We’re just three weeks out from Election Day, and once again Congressman John Katko spent the week on the defensive.”
Dana Balter started Monday with a press conference calling out John Katko for his refusal to participate in public debates. It seems like the John Katko of 2018 has had a change of heart from his 2014 self. The story – especially Katko’s refusal to debate outside Syracuse – has not gone unnoticed in places like Cayuga and Wayne counties.
Meanwhile, Katko began airing a misleading new ad accusing his opponent of failing to pay sales taxes in Florida. Both Syracuse.com and the Auburn Citizen ran fact checks calling out multiple inaccurate and misleading statements in the 30-second spot. Strike that – the Citizen was so impressed with the Katko campaign’s talent for stretching the truth that it ran a whole second story pointing out all the problems.
While Team Katko was taking liberties, the Balter campaign launched a new ad highlighting how Katko is not the independent voice in Congress that he says he is. In fact, he votes with the agenda of President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans 90% of the time. None of the local media included words like “inaccurate” or “misleading” in their descriptions of Balter’s ad. Weird.
But with Katko making news for all the wrong reasons, Dana Balter was out around the district talking about the issues and taking questions from voters and the press.
- Balter held a press conference with retirees to discuss the importance of protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
- She also held a roundtable event with Congressman Paul Tonko to talk about energy, climate, and economic development with local leaders.
- Team Balter was out registering voters ahead of the Oct 12th deadline.
- Balter visited the National Action Network Syracuse Chapter Black Expo Unity Day at the Southwest Community Center
- Dana participated in a Facebook Live video with George Kilpatrick talking about the issues facing voters and taking questions from the audience
- Dana participated in the Leadership Greater Syracuse class at the Onondaga County Justice Center. The LGS mission is to inspire current and future leaders to make a difference in the community where we live and work.
- Two letters to the editor published in the Auburn Citizen shed light on Katko’s misleading ad and his support for the disastrous GOP tax law. And another in the Finger Lakes Times highlight’s Balter’s support for common sense gun legislation.
Also this week, Katko spend time in Wayne County, stopping by multiple diners. And while his visits may be a “biennial tradition,” the Congressman still doesn’t publicize the appearances ahead of time. This photo was the only thing we could find that announced the visits, though his campaign found time to invite a reporter.
In other NY-24 news:
- Absentee ballots in six counties are still held up as the state settles a dispute over judicial candidates.
- The city of Syracuse has experienced a rash of gun violence, claiming the lives of multiple children over the course of a week. Mayor Walsh has asked for the community’s help after the recent shootings.