What is Martha Robertson trying to hide? To date, Robertson hasn’t held a single public event or town hall and her handlers are desperate to keep her extreme liberal views out of the public eye. Her team has even denied questions from the public at a local press conference for fear the questions would be recorded.
One wonders what Tom is afraid of. Would he like to send operatives to harass Martha at public meetings? How would he know what her handlers, as if she were a prize fighter, fear? Town hall meetings are conducted by Tom as a member of Congress at public expense; ostensibly they are a means for our representative to communicate with his constituents. Why should Martha ape him?
Perhaps Martha is conducting a stealth campaign, talking about her views and accomplishments without giving her antagonist an opportunity to attack, ignoring Tom Reed’s attempts to mock her. It might be a good strategy, better than Reed’s efforts to demonize his opponent at every opportunity, better than Reed’s clumsy efforts to catch Martha in a gaffe, better than Reed’s possibly illegal effort to put Green Party candidates on the ballot.
William A. Jacobson writes:
The Veterans Administration scandal poses a problem for Robertson, as it raises fears of what healthcare will be like if the government gains total control. Robertson appeared recently with Nancy Pelosi, and was interviewed on local television. Robertson blamed the VA scandal on what she called decades of underfunding:
“And we see it’s not a matter of the care that they get once they get access to the care,” said Robertson. “There’s no question that they’re getting quality care and responsive care once they’re in the system. This is a problem of decades of underfunding the system altogether.”
Pooh–Tom claims spending is adequate because it is up from a low but ignores the increased demand for services. The claim that funding is adequate is wrong no matter how much right-wing propaganda claims the opposite. Jacobson’s one-sided defense of Tom is as phony as a typical half-truth of Reed’s.
Will Tom Reed agree to debates? He had very few when running against Nate Shinagawa and those only at the last minute before the election. More plausibly it is Tom Reed who is hiding–refusing to give Martha a platform to explain her views.
When she does comment to the media, Robertson doesn’t seem to get her facts straight. Instead she relies on personal attacks because she knows her liberal values don’t mirror Western New York.
Martha relies on personal attacks? Who knew? I have seen nothing like that. Martha has concentrated on introducing herself to voters and explaining her position on the issues. I know of no instance of a personal attack on Tom Reed. However, Reed has produced many ads attacking Martha directly mostly for things having nothing to do with the political views or qualifications of a member of Congress. Reed can’t run on his record as Martha can–he has none.
Liberal values don’t mirror Western New York? Liberal values like support for Social Security and Medicare? Liberal values like support for affordable health care? Liberal values like relief from burdensome student loans. Liberal values like compassion for the unemployed and those working at low wage jobs without benefits? For sure those are my values and the values of many voters in NY-23.
Tom’s message concludes:
Tom cares about families in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes and has held nearly 150 town halls in a district the size of New Jersey.
I have attended a number of these town halls; they are campaign events in all but name. Tom does much talking and little listening. Tom actually seems embarrassed to report on his votes and official activities–he seldom does.
Finally, Tom hits us up for $23. He doesn’t need the money but would like to claim that he enjoys local support as Martha Robertson can. A recent report shows Tom’s supporters, mostly representing special interests, each giving $1000; out-of-state, right-wing PACs give much more. A man of the people Tom ain’t.
© William Hungerford – June 2014