Wedge issues serve to split a political party or constituency. Republican Rep. Tom Reed spends much time talking about NYS matters having little to do with his office. Probably he sees these as wedge issues.
- NYS SAFE Act
- Power plant conversion to burn natural gas
- Hospital closures
- Monterey Prison
- College for prison inmates
Tom may consider these to be useful as issues that serve to divide Democrats. The Republican propaganda campaign against Obamacare is another potential wedge issue: even though AHC is Federal law, Congress can do little but talk about it at this time.
What issues might divide Republicans:
- Government shutdown
- NSA spying
- Intervention in foreign conflicts
- Investment in America
- Unemployment benefits
- Minimum wage
- Farm bill
- Jobs program
- Education/Common Core
- Medicare and Social Security
- Student Loans
- Transportation bill
- Immigration reform
- Spending for domestic programs
- Women’s concerns
Martha Robertson discussed investment, jobs, education, as well as Medicare and Social Security in her recent viewpoints article. It will be interesting to see what she may chose to discuss next.
NY-23 politics may have specific parochial issues: fracking is one. Another may be outdoor activities. Tom has been posing as a sportsman with clear intent to lay claim to that group of voters.
© William Hungerford – March 2014