Maybe all the liberals in Ithaca can afford Martha Robertson’s high taxes and wasteful spending but families in the rest of Western New York sure can’t.–Tom Reed
Normally politicians seek the middle to appeal to as many constituents as possible. One would think that Tom Reed, a moderate to liberal Republican running in a liberal state would move to the middle to widen his base. Paradoxically, Tom Reed seems willing to offend and alienate large numbers of voters. Tom’s record and remarks ought to offend all of these:
- Anyone who hopes for a secure retirement, especially seniors.
- Anyone benefiting from affordable health care.
- Youth who would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage.
- Those struggling with high interest on student loans.
- The unemployed and underemployed.
- Those on food stamps.
- Anyone living in Tompkins County, 14% of his district in population.
Who is left? Angry white males, but many of them consider Reed to be a RINO–their support is weak and could easily evaporate. When Reed’s ideological twin, Rep. Hanna (R-NY22) faced a right-wing opponent, Republicans had no problem finding bad things to say about him. But Tom Reed, who has no opponent on the right, gets a bye.
Normally, one would expect a two term congressman to run on his record, but Reed can’t do that–practically, he has none. Thus, Reed’s campaign strategy is to discredit his opponent, Martha Robertson, by any means fair or foul, hoping that Republican voters, however distasteful they find it, will feel they have no choice but him.
© William Hungerford – July 2014